Should you let a property furnished or unfurnished?
24th September 2015
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Colin Bibra Estate and Letting Agents in Ealing Broadway have years of knowledge and experience in Sales and Lettings and say that there are no strict rules as to whether a Landlord should Let their property with furniture or without, it’s purely down to personal choice but there are pros and cons with both.

Benefits of furnishing your property:

  • Your tenant will save money as they won’t need to buy furniture;
  • A furnished property may Let more quickly as many tenants prefer a furnished letting;
  • At the end of the tenancy, you as a Landlord will still own the furniture and can therefore offer a furnished Let to future tenants;
  • A percentage of the cost of the goods you buy can be deducted from your tax liability.

Benefits of an unfurnished property:

  • If a tenant purchases their own furniture they may consider staying longer
  • As a Landlord you are not responsible for insuring your tenants furniture or other personal items they bring to the property
  • You will not be responsible for wear and tear of furniture

Many Landlords actually prefer to Let their property part-furnished as it provides more scope to find the right tenants. There should be enough furniture to make it looked lived in but make sure it remains uncluttered.

If you do provide furniture, you need to ensure it conforms to the legal fire resistant standard - all fabric furniture such as sofas and armchairs must have labels proving that they meet this standard.

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