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  • Buy-to-Let

    Dishwasher connection ... whose cost?

    Hi

    I've had a tenant in one of my properties for around 6 months now, they have just asked if they could have a dishwasher point.

    Its not straight forward and some kitchen units need juggling around...ive been quoted £285

    Who would pay this? would i pay it? offer to pay half?

    What are people opinions on this or the norm?

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    You don't have to provide so your decision.

    If it would enhance the place and likely most tenants want/expect a dishwasher then pay or split costs.  If you can't imagine anyone else wanting want, tenant can pay: In my opinion.

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    Personally I would pay as long as she is paying for the machine itself. It's an enhancement that will be useful for future tenants and will keep the current one happy. If you aren't comfortable about that perhaps offer to pay half.
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    You are not obligated to do anything, however if they are good tenants you may wish to cover the cost, or split the bill. Only you can decide this.

    Think of it as an improvement to your property.

    I had a similar one where a tenant had asked for a sensor porch light to be installed. At first I thought i'd go halves however as this will benefit my property (it does get quite dark at night) and they are good tenants, I decided to cover the costs.


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    They took the property on knowing there wasnt a dishwasher and I am assuming they didnt ask about a connection at that time so I would say they cover the cost, thats to say you would allow it if it means moving or removing kitchen units

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    Ha! Three almost identical answers at the same time (myself, theartfullodger and Alison King)

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    As above advice

    I lean towards them paying as it enhances their life much more than mine

    If they catch me on a good day I may go halves

    But I am not overgenerous in the dishwasher supplying  department if I`m honest


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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    "But I am not overgenerous in the dishwasher supplying  department if I`m honest"

    Is that because you don't see it as essential?

    If so, I thought this exact same thing until I realised just how many tenants (and people in general for that matter) are highly dependent on one and how a lack of dishwasher could be a dealbreaker for some.

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    Yes not essential I guess and also my target tenant group don`t tend to ask for it so much

    If they cheekily did I would probably smile in a way which would say ...

    Nice try mate but you kinda know already  its not going to happen

    Its another something to go wrong as well

    If i rented out smart 4 bed detached  though my mindset would be different I guess

    And if it was a potential deal breaker on a 15K rent pa and the tenants were A1  I may well cave in

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    I had a flat a new kitchen was installed for us to live in, we were given a free dishwasher as they do. After living in for few years, rented it, and for the next 5yrs, none of the tenants used it(infant we didn't use it either it was easier to just run it under the tap then use the DW). After the 5yrs ended up taking it out and no one has asked for it yet.  DW's are waste of space and it saves on energy cost.

    If they want it let them pay for it but make sure you manage the installation and get a electric certificate. Also PAT test the DW.  Once the tenant moves out I would get rid of it if the tennant leaves it there, don't need extra headache of unnecessary maintenance. We already are paying too much cost on top of mortgage(speaking for my self)

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    Dish washers save energy, provided that you only use them when they are full.

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