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  • Property-a-holics

    Letting furnished house

    I have just now exchanged and completed a purchase of my first BTL. Previous owners moved away and as per agreement with them they have left behind all furniture items.

    Technically, this puts me in a good position where I can advertise the property as fully furnished and have chances of letting it out quicker and possibly at a bit higher price. Although I appreciate tenants may not have enough attachment to the property as they will bring in very little and that would make it a lot easier to move out.

    However, I understand that letting out the property with furniture may potentially turn into a headache where the furniture items would start breaking and would require fixing or replacement. Therefore, here is the question:

    Is it possible to let out the property with special condition added to the AST where all furniture items would be listed with the clause that in the event furniture items brake a landlord would not be liable to replace them, instead a tenant would have to supply their own furniture item if required?

    Thanks,

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    yes you can do this. In fact in England you will not be liable for the condition of furniture unless the contract states that you are

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    How old is the furniture and does it have all the fire safety tags still attached?  If not, it is non-compliant.

    I think you have created a headache for yourself tbh.  Most people want to move their own furniture in.

    I have asked our legal expert David Smith to comment on whether you can put a clause in the tenancy agreement to negate your liability.  You will also need to consider contents insurance - an added cost.

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    Hi David, Vanessa,

    My initial intention was to let out completely unfurnished property (white goods only). All of the furniture in the house is fairly new and the items seemed to be in a good condition when I saw the property during the viewing. My biggest concern is to ensure these furniture items would not cause a headache if by law I would have to replace them if they brake - I live 200 miles away and also have no interest going into additional expenses buying contents beyond white goods.

    Looking at David`s response it looks like i can produce additional addendum to the AST with the list of all furniture items with the condition that in the event items get broken it would be solely down to the tenants to buy replacements furniture items or carry on without them.

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    David is [obviously] correct, but do check that the furniture is fire safety compliant. We have a lovely sofa in one of our places, but it isn't compliant and we are having to remove it. Fortunately, there is one which is compliant.

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    Hi Lou,

    Sport on! I knew about, but completely omitted - on my next visit to the property next weekend will double-check each of the items and discard those non-compliant.

    Thanks everyone, that answered my question nicely.

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