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  • Property-a-holics

    Toilet Seats!

    I have a tenant who is on the large side. She's a lovely lady and never misses a payment or is any trouble apart from broken loo seats!
    At her last place with us she broke two in less than 12 months, she's moved and been in her new place only three months and has called to say this one has broken!
    I've a lot of properties and only ever replaced dirty seats between tenancies and have hardly ever had a broken one let alone three!
    Is there a point where you say it's up to you or do I just keep changing them and say nothing?
    Lisa
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    Lisa All comments are for education and information purposes only and do not construe as advice or a financial promotion. No liability is accepted for comments made. If you wish to receive information in an advisory capacity then please contact me about becoming a client. www.keys-mortgages.com

    Hmm - I`m a chicken  and a cheapskate so I would  fit B&Q cheapo plastic ones at a fiver a time and avoid that awkward conversation which would make me `flush` with embarrassment.  

    https://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?ac...econdid...9372035%7D/categories%3C%7B9372170%7D/specificationsProductType=toilet_seats/specificationsSpecificProductType=b_q&tmcampid=4&tmad=c&ecamp=cse_go&CAWELAID=886290352 

    Maybe look for an autumn sale  and a  `two for the price of one` offer and then even if she breaks them at the rate of one a month it will cost you a paltry  £30 pa.

    I`m sure your business could withstand the impact of such a relatively small cost.

    If not then probably best call it a day as it sounds your business is going down the pan anyway :-)

     

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

    You could always try shopping somewhere other than B&Q :-) and fit something a little more robust, have you tried somewhere like BES that supply a range of loo seats including the type that are used in prisons and so fairly indestructible.Mike
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    As the U.K. is now the most obese nation in Europe, there might be an opening (scuse the pun) for a canny Landlord to create BTL properties especially for large people.

    Expanding bums spark boom in supersize toilet seats ... read the article >>> here.
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    Or you could install a `squat toilet` popular in some countries and never have the problem again!

     

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

    You know I knew my plight would bring out everyone's sympathetic side!!

     

     

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    Lisa All comments are for education and information purposes only and do not construe as advice or a financial promotion. No liability is accepted for comments made. If you wish to receive information in an advisory capacity then please contact me about becoming a client. www.keys-mortgages.com

    You have my sympathy Lisa.  Last year I had a call from a tenant in a high end flat to tell me that the toilet seat was broken. I went to investigate, expecting to find that perhaps the lid had come loose from the seat as sometimes happens, the seat was in fact broken in two places as though a weight had been put on it. The tenant told me that he had never broken a toilet seat in 42 years of life and that it must have been defective. I didn't argue and replaced the seat. The flat was built 5 years ago and it took me two phone calls to find out the name of the supplier of the sanitary ware (there was no name on the toilet). I bought the new seat online at a cost of £79!! I had to buy the one which fitted the shape of the toilet. It too me over an hour to change the seat because the toilet was sealed and I realised that I would need a plumber to remove and refit it to allow me to access the screws which held the seat.  I improvised and refitted the seat to the original fittings leaving the lid and fittings in place.  TG I had taken my rubber gloves and spray bleach with me because this guy had a poor aim. YUK!

    Note to self Do not put a cupboard over a toilet! Not that the tenant had stood on the seat to reach the cupboard, the seat was just defective at £79 a pop! That took care of my tax allowance of 10% wear and tear for that month.

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    Its a pain in the bottyNick Parkin said:
    MARY LATHAM said:

    the seat was just defective at £79 a pop! That took care of my tax allowance of 10% wear and tear for that month.


    It's a plumbing repair not a refurnishing?
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    Nevermind the poor lady's feelings at all.

     

    She has family and friends who love her exactly as she is.

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    Thank you Mary! This is my point it’s not just a five quid seat from B&Q. Often they are far more expensive and not easy to replace as you state so really my point was at what point do we have to draw the line especially when its clearly not fair wear and tear!

     

    Lisa

     

     

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    Lisa All comments are for education and information purposes only and do not construe as advice or a financial promotion. No liability is accepted for comments made. If you wish to receive information in an advisory capacity then please contact me about becoming a client. www.keys-mortgages.com