Furnished Property FAQ

What furniture is included in a furnished property?

Furnished properties usually include larger items such as: sofa, table and chairs, beds, wardrobes, chest of drawers, and white goods (fridge, freezer, washing machine, etc.). There are no set definitions for what constitutes a “furnished” property. It is crucial to understand what will or will not be provided before signing the lease agreement.

What does part-furnished mean?

Again, the term “part-furnished” does not adhere to a standardised list of items. Like before, ensure you thoroughly understand the furnishings offered with the property before signing the lease.

What does unfurnished mean?

Unfurnished properties are usually devoid of movable furniture items but should still include curtains or blinds and kitchen appliances. Make sure you clearly understand what the property will include before signing the lease.

Does a furnished property cost more?

Cost does not vary between furnished, part-furnished or unfurnished properties.

What’s the most common in the London market, furnished or unfurnished?

In the London market, smaller one and two-bedroom properties are typically furnished, whereas larger properties are usually offered unfurnished.

Can the landlord remove furniture if it is not wanted?

Some landlords may be willing to remove unwanted furniture prior to a tenancy. However, such a request could detract from the strength of your offer. Any such requests should be included and negotiated at the offer stage.

Will the landlord supply extra furniture if needed?

Although some landlords may be willing to supply additional items of furniture, such a request could potentially weaken your offer. As before, such details should be included and negotiated at the offer stage.

Is it possible to add furniture to an already furnished property?

Some contracts may restrict adding your own furniture without prior consent from the landlord. Such restrictions are generally to prevent potential property damages or misuses. However, it typically doesn’t limit you from bringing in small items like children’s furniture or a desk. If in doubt, it is prudent to outline what you want to bring into the property within the offer.

What happens if furniture belonging to the landlord breaks?

While the landlord will likely have building and contents insurance, it’s often advisable to get your own contents insurance to protect against accidental damages. For instance, fixing a washing machine with a natural fault would fall under the landlord’s responsibility. However, if the machine breaks due to misuse, then you would be responsible for the repair or replacement costs.

What will happen to extra furniture left in the property at the end of the tenancy?

Any extra furniture left behind without prior arrangements could result in the landlord charging you for removal and disposal of items left in the property after the tenancy ends. Therefore, the ideal practice is to leave the property and its contents in the same state as upon moving in.

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