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If you rent your flat, who is responsible to replace carpet in a room that was there when you rented the flat.

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It depends on how long you have lived there. Fair wear and tear, would be the landlords responsibilty. If you have damaged it, then you will have to pay out. Always take photos of the condition of fixtures and fittings in rented accomodation. I have read numerous blogs on the poor tenants loosing their deposits over carpets, even when they state that the carpets were old when they first rented.

You would need to say more about why you have asked the question about the carpet. Take a photo now, just to cover yourself, as it is evidence for yourself.

Bolly 

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Hi again, Just found this article from the Telegraph for us all.

One of the worst aspects of renting for many tenants is feeling that your house is not really your home.

Whether you’ve got walls that could do with a lick of paint, threadbare carpets that need ripping out, or replacing a broken toilet seat, shelling out to improve a home that isn’t yours can feel like a waste of money.

There are millions of tenants across the UK living in houses and flats that are in need of work, though. According to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) analysis a third (33pc) of privately rented homes would fail to meet the government’s decency standards which are designed to raise standards in socially rented homes.

Despite a drop in standards overall, many tenants tend to feel nervous about asking their landlord or letting agent for home improvements. This is because they worry that the landlord could refuse, charge them through the nose for it, or even threaten to raise the rent. Worse still, landlords can lawfully evict tenants that complain about poor renting conditions. Although most wouldn’t dream of turfing out tenants for causing a fuss, some 213,000 tenants are evicted every year as a result, according to Shelter the housing charity.

But according to Steven Ludlow, chairman at letting agent Ludlow Thompson, the relationship between landlords and tenants is changing. He said: “The market has moved towards longer term lettings. This means more people are staying in rented accommodation for longer, so landlords are more willing to pay for home improvements.”

Attempt to understand your landlord before you negotiate

If tenants are going to approach their landlords or letting agents about paying for home improvements, they need to feel confident that it won’t result in a negative outcome.

Mr Ludlow says when asking for home improvements you need to remember your relationship with your landlord is a “business agreement”. This means you need to carefully consider whether what you’re asking for will benefit them as well as you. For example, they are highly unlikely to paint your walls bright orange because when you vacate, it might put prospective tenants off. However, if you’re asking for neutral paint on the walls, or a bike rack for example, that could make the property more appealing to future tenants. Tell your landlord or letting agent that you understand this, and they might be more willing to shell out.

He also said most problems with rental properties occur over the winter – often due to cold and wet weather conditions. This means asking for improvements before or at the start of the winter period could be a good idea.

 

Mr Cox says you’ve got the best chance of your landlord saying “yes” if you ask for improvements during one of two “sweet spots” which occur during your tenancy. These are right at the beginning (before you’ve signed your contract) and then right before you’re about to renew. During these periods your bargaining power is at its peak because the landlord has an incentive to get you to agree to the tenancy. The worst time to ask is mid-way through a contract. This is because the landlord has no incentive to do anything other than essential work to the property, for example replacing a shower or cooker that’s broken.

Home improvements your landlord might pay for:

Painting walls

Arla guidelines state it is “good practice” for landlords to repaint walls every three years. So if it has been this long and the walls haven’t been touched, you could ask your landlord to have them painted. For the landlord the most expensive aspect of repainting is paying a decorator to do it – the paint is relatively cheap. So one option is to offer to paint the place yourself, if the landlord pays for the paint. If you do fancy doing something more adventurous your landlord will let you ask long as you return the walls to the state they were in when you moved in.

Bike rack

If you ask for a bike rack there’s a high chance the answer will be “yes”. According to Mr Ludlow, bike racks are now considered a standard feature of rental properties. This is because letting agents and landlords are recognising that an increasing number of people cycle to work instead of using public transport. He says most landlords will agree if you ask for a bike rack outside your house – mainly because when stored in hallways and corridors, bikes can cause accidental damage to walls – which most property owners would rather avoid.

Fitted wardrobes

Mr Ludlow says most properties being leased these days should have fitted cupboards “as standard” in the bedrooms. Given this, if you are looking to rent a property but it doesn’t have fitted cupboards, you could consider asking for them to be fitted before you move in.

Insulation / energy efficiency

If you want to reduce energy bills in your rented home, talk to your landlord about a government scheme called the “Green Deal”. It subsidises home improvements that could save make the home more energy efficient, for example insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing, renewable energy generation such as solar panels. Asking for double glazing can be tricky because in some parts of country the landlord will need to get planning permission in order to install it. This applies particularly to older properties. However, landlords can get a £500 discount on double glazing as part of the Green Deal.

Curtains/blinds

If curtains or blinds are broken it could affect your privacy, and you are within your rights to ask for them to be replaced. You could ask for blinds instead of curtains, or vice versa, but be mindful of the landlord’s prerogative to decorate the place neutrally to accommodate future tenants.

Flooring

If flooring is broken or ripped in such a way that you could trip over it, for example on the stairs, your landlord should replace it as it is a potential health hazard. If you want wooden flooring (which often costs more than carpet) you could ask your landlord to buy self-assembly laminate kits and offer to lay it yourself.

Electrical goods

Landlords are usually very reluctant to buy electrical items such as a heater, or satellite TV. This is because if they break down, the burden will be on them to do the repair work, which creates hassle and expense for them.

Bolly

 

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