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Forum Spotlight: What should landlords provide by way of kitchen appliances?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A landlord posted on our Forum this week with a question about what sorts of kitchen utensils she should provide for her professional HMO.

She wanted to know whether she as the landlord is obliged to provide the tenants with saucepans, crockery, cutlery etc. She is planning on providing the tenants with a microwave to use, but was keen to hear what other landlords on our Forum provide in professional house shares.

What the landlords on our Forum said
Provide basic crockery

This was a popular post on our Forum, with several landlords sharing what they do at their properties. The first landlord to post on our Forum shared that they tend to provide their tenants with basic utensils, such as a couple of knives, forks and spoons, two large plates and 2 mugs. They also suggested that it might be a good idea, since the landlord will have provided these items, to include these on the properties check-in inventory.

Another experienced landlord on our Forum agreed with the landlord above, raised the point that some tenants, especially those who have rented before, often come to the property with their own kitchen utensils.

Invest in good quality pans

Another landlord shared that it may be worth investing in a set of good quality pans for each particular hob, as in the past she has experienced the hob being badly scratched due to  them using their own, old pans. That said-just because you provide the tenant with the pans doesn’t mean they have to use them.

Equally, the landlord should provide the tenant with a good washing up bowl, so that the sink does not get scratched.

Utensils to keep the property clean

As well as kitchen utensils, one landlord suggested that it’d be a good idea for when the tenant moves in to also provide them with bathroom utensils, such as toilet cleaner and a brush.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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