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Maintaining your rental property gives your tenant a safe living environment, which they are entitled to by law, and helps reduce emergency repairs. It also helps the property keep its value and reduces the chances of last minute repairs, which can prove costly. Our few simple steps!

Carry out inspections of your property. Tenants may not tell you about problems until they leave. Regular checks will also give you a good insight into how well the property is being looked after. Our managed landlords are sent regular reports on the condition of their property.

Keep some funds aside to cover repairs and replacements to your property.

If there is a problem, act quickly. The problem won’t go away and may end costing more in the long run.

Landlords using Andrew Grant’s managed service are safe in the knowledge that they can take advantage of our pool of highly vetted and trusted local contractors. We have long term contractor relationships with benefits that filter down to both the landlord and the tenant.

Boilers and cookers need frequent servicing to keep them safe and reduce the chances of anything going wrong.

All properties are subject to wear and tear and the type of tenant (family, single occupancy) and the length of tenancy, if smoking or pets were allowed  will have a bearing on the usage of the fixtures and fittings. The landlord is not allowed “betterment” – in other words old items cannot be replaced with new at the full cost to the tenant. An allowance must be made for depreciation.

The landlord’s contents, décor, fixtures and fittings all have a typical life expectancy given that such items are of a medium quality at the start of the tenancy. The figures below give a broad overview of life-span, but should only be used as a guideline when assessing replacement values or compensation by the tenant to the landlord at the end of the tenancy.

Decoration:

Hallway/landing/stairs  2-3 years

Dining Room Approx.  6 years

Kitchen/bathroom        2-3 years

Living room Approx.    4 years

Bedroom        Approx. 5 years

Carpet:

Budget Carpet             2 – 3 years

Medium quality carpet 4 - 8 years

High quality carpet      Up to 15 years

Appliances:

Washing Machines       3 – 5 years

Cookers/Ovens/Hobs   4 – 6 years

Fridges                         5 – 8 years

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