Q&A Should I have to satisfy every demand my tenants are making?
QMy tenants have decided to renew their contract with me but have asked for a few additions to the property including some new window dressings in the bedroom. I complied, but they keep asking for more and more. Where can I draw the line?
AIt sounds like you’ve been more than generous already. Given they have already lived at the property for a while and agreed a renewal it sounds like they can’t have been that unhappy.
In my experience tenants would never renew if they weren’t already content. I find it admirable that you have been such an obliging landlord, but you definitely need to look at their requests and start to push back on anything that you consider not to be a requirement.
Of course, you are responsible as well as liable as a landlord to keep the home in a good state of repair and make sure that all their appliances are working and that if they have any hot water or heating issues these are treated with the utmost urgency.
But, if they are making unreasonable requests, you are perfectly within your rights to say no.
I do believe some tenants that start to act like this believe that they are doing you the favour renting your apartment and hence start to take advantage of your good nature.
My advice is to get any agreed work carried out but to consider carefully anything in addition to that.
They will serve notice if they are that unhappy with you not pandering to their every whim, leaving you to find new, and hopefull less demanding tenants. Good luck in your endeavours.
If you’ve agreed to new blinds in the bathroom, get them sorted