I want to be a good landlord and I want my tenants to be happy, but
equally so I don't want to have to spend money and change things if
it's not completely necessary.
I only have the one property that I rent out and a new tenant moved in
today. The letting agency contacted me to say that they are happy and
they like the place but that the oven has a problem in that there are
no markings on it.
The previous tenant was in there two years and never complained about
it so I don't know how long it's been like that, but the new tenant
says it's unusable because they wouldn't know if they have it on 50
degrees or 500 degrees and so they can't use it to cook anything.
Yes, it's a few years old but otherwise working perfectly and very
clean and I really don't want to have to replace it for the sake of a
few missing numbers. Am I being unreasonable? What would you do?
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If you had the kitchen professionally cleaned between lets, it
might have been done by the cleaners.
IME, many tenants have no experience of fixing anything, and on
the rare occasions they might try to, you really wish they hadn't.
You need to mark it in some way that won't clean off, in the very
unlikely event they ever try cleaning it. I cleaned the front of my
stainless steel microwave a few days ago with IPA, and it took the
cat D printed marking clean off the door.
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Because it's called "a sense of proportion".
My landlord, a fine fellow, left with with a shite washing machine that
never washed very well.
I was actually glad when it threw its bearing - I rang him up, told him
and said: "please don't replace it, I'll buy my own and move it when I
Did he do anything wrong? No.
Would I rather have a shite but technically working washing machine, or
an oven that was 100% working but missing the marks? The latter.
It's stupid to expect someone to pay 200 quid because some numbers fell
off - when either the landlord or the tenant could just mark it up with
a washing machine.
People near me will happily moan about road drain being blocked with mud
and watch the rain water cascade down the road, instead of just picking
up a bit of branch and poking it clear.
There is a time when a bit of self help is the order of the day.
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