HMO property owners tend to spend more than single let property owners due to the startup costs and having to spend on fully furnishing the property. Although it is not a legal requirement for property owners to fully furnish HMO properties, they are generally expected to do so.
This means that HMO property owners should be providing essential furniture such as:
Make sure you spend on high quality furniture as it will save you more money in the long-term. Most items will have to be replaced every 3-5 years, therefore investing in high quality furniture will ensure that the items are more durable.
Who is responsible for damages to furnishings?
For items that have been damaged through ‘Wear & tear,’ it will be the property owner’s responsibility to replace them. Since wear and tear is something that just naturally happens over time through everyday usage, the tenant cannot be held responsible for it which is why it is important that property owners invest in providing high quality, durable furniture.
Property owners will also be responsible for repairs. It can be difficult to prove whether the tenant caused the damage and therefore, the property owner has no choice but to cover the costs.
The information in this post is valid to the best of our knowledge on the date of posting. It is advised that you seek independent advice based on your individual circumstances.
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