|When a rental property is offered with whiteware such as a dishwasher, fridge or a washing machine, it is considered to be a chattel and part of the property.
Any whiteware that is provide as part of the Tenancy is considered to be included in the rent and should be in good working order from the start to the end of the tenancy. If the whiteware breaks down, it cannot be removed from the property it must be repaired or replaced.
It is important that such items add value in terms of achievable rent and property style/tenant needs. Let’s say for example that a washing machine is not going to add you value, and considering the life cycle of the appliance, the provision of a washing machine is a poor decision.
|Unless the property in question has for example only space enough for a particular style of washing machine like a front loader and the space provided cannot fit a standard top loader, then it would be advantageous to supply the washing machine as part of the rental property as to not deter potential Tenants from renting the property. Again the type of property you are providing for rent can play a big part in determining whether or not whiteware should be supplied, with Auckland City apartments it is often expected that these appliances are provided. But let’s say for a standard 3 bedroom North Shore home, it can often be an inconvenience to the Tenant who may already have such whiteware and doesn’t want to be left with the problem of storing it for the duration of the Tenancy.
Ultimately you need to look at the particular property and also the type of Tenant who would normally be interested in renting that type of property. Then ask yourself will the whiteware provided add sufficient value, meaning additional weekly rent or reduced vacancy, to justify the upfront cost and ongoing maintenance.
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