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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:
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.
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