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Apr 18 2023

What are 'white goods' in property?

What are “white goods”? 

Electrical home appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, fridge, freezer, and microwaves, often white in colour (but not always) are referred to as ‘white goods.  


Are property owners required to supply white goods with their rental property? 

It is not a requirement for property owners to supply white good with their rental property. Property owners decide whether they would like to supply them or not. Most rental properties, however, tend to have white goods. This is because they are considered basic amenities and potential tenants may avoid your property if such necessities are not provided. 


Is the tenant responsible for repairing white goods?  

The property owner is responsible for all repairs within the property. However, if the damage has been caused by the tenant themselves through misuse or negligence, then the tenant would have to pay for the repairs. Tenants have the responsibility of ensuring all items provided to them by the property owner is kept in good condition, unless there are signs of natural wear and tear.  


Are properties considered “furnished” if it has white goods? 

Properties will still be considered unfurnished if it consists of only basic white goods.  


Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of white goods 


The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (section 11) states that property owners are responsible for checking the electrical safety of all appliances provided within the property. Property owners are not legally required to conduct professional checks i.e., PAT testing on electrical appliances, but gas appliances must be checked by a professional gas safety engineer annually.  


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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