One of the ‘joys’ of being a landlord is dealing with some of the strange requests from a tenant about how their property can be better managed or improved.
Now London letting agency Benham & Reeves has revealed some of the weirdest tenant requests they have received.
Unusual tenant requests from their letting agent include
* A tenant wanted his plastic shower tray replaced because it was slippery when wet
* A plea to replace the property's microwave oven because the tenant's plates would not fit in
* Another tenant asked for the oven to be replaced because their turkey would not fit
Though one of the more intriguing question was when a tenant claimed that 'my carpet it is not working' which led to a visit to reveal that a newly laid carpet was shedding some fluff. Things that tenants ask their letting agents to do
Another tenant wanted their bedroom to be soundproofed, another one wanted their wooden sash windows replaced with plastic windows and a request to install a bouncy castle on a penthouse apartment terrace was declined.
All of these requests were politely turned down – the soundproofing issue would have been very expensive for the property’s owner.
Another tenant of the firm asked for all the local foxes to be put down because he feared that foxes would break into his ground floor flat to attack his children.
A spokesman for the firm said: “There are tenants who seem to think that we can deliver the impossible and though we strive to the tenants happy we must draw a line somewhere.”
British ex-pats are facing property tax hike
Meanwhile, the British government is proposing that expats have their UK personal tax allowance removed while they live abroad.
This means that any expats with UK income, such as rents, would be affected by the move.
They would no longer be able to claim tax relief for their rental income in the country where they live.
Those most affected would be pensioners who live abroad on a small pension and rely on their rental income to get by.
Tax relief on rental income threatened
The move would affect around 400,000 British ex-pats who currently claim for the income they receive against their tax bill.
Currently, they could claim £10,500 in tax relief - or twice that when a property is in joint names.
Those pensioners who live abroad but have their pension taxed in the UK could be left with an additional £4,000 bill.
Those who live in low tax countries will also be adversely affected.
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Ever since the autumn statement in 2016, the potential impact of the tenant
fee ban has received widespread coverage. While many tenants were positive
about the changes it did present the prospect of a major change for the