Tenants are paying for their own home improvements
According to latest research from the home improvements website Plentific, some 73% of private tenants are paying for DIY issues at their own expense.
Understandably, those who plan to live in rental accommodation for an extended period are often more inclined to want to make it feel more like a home. The study also shows that:
- 23% (almost a quarter) of PRS tenants are spending more than £500 in total on home improvements,
- 26% have spent less than £100,
- 25% have spent between £100 and £500,
- 27% of those aged over 55 have spent over £500 on improving their rental accommodation, whereas only 15% of those aged 18-34 have reached this expenditure.
Spokesperson for Plentific, Stephen Jury, said: “Whilst tenants can consult and charge their landlord for any necessary changes, our findings show that most renters will pay for and conduct some home improvements themselves.
“Our research illustrates the importance of personalising the living area to generation rent and making it more than just rental space.”
As of the 1st April 2016 landlords cannot refuse their consent without good reason, although it is down to the tenant to ensure they have the means to fund the improvements themselves unless otherwise agreed.
Environmentally friendly as well as cost cutting, this new measure also has the potential to make your property more attractive to potential tenants; what with 35% of tenants considering energy efficiency an important factor when choosing their next home for rent.
Maintenance is one of the more complex issues to define, particularly for private tenants and is one of the main reasons for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants at the end of a tenancy.
This is where the National Landlords Code of Excellence (free) property maintenance and repair reporting facility for private renters comes into play.
The NLCE system has been built specifically for private renters who want:
☆ Peace of mind that their home is up to a safe and secure standard.
☆☆ Fewer issues.
☆☆☆ No more chasing.
☆☆☆☆ Faster fixes.
☆☆☆☆☆ Clearer communication.
In compliance with the law the reporting tool also provides a translation service, which allows tenants to report a problem to their landlord in over 100 languages.