Furnished Property FAQ

What furniture is included in a furnished property?

There is no straight answer to this, at a minimum furnished should include the larger items such as – sofa, table & chairs, beds, wardrobes, chest of drawers and all white goods (fridge freezer, washing machine etc). This will vary from place to place, some landlords will supply TV’s, microwaves etc, some won’t, some properties will come with everything from pictures on the walls to linen on the beds.  

What does part-furnished mean?

Much like above there is no straight answer, in most cases it will be a few of the bigger items, a sofa or a bed etc, usually items which are difficult to move. You will still get the white goods supplied.

What does unfurnished mean?

As opposed to furnished / part-furnished this is much clearer, with the occasional exception of window dressings and wardrobes the property should be empty. You will still get white goods supplied. 

Does a furnished property cost more?

No, there is no cost difference in furnished and unfurnished.

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

The one bedroom and two bedroom market is predominantly furnished, it’s difficult to source unfurnished in this sector of the market, the larger the property the more likely it is to be unfurnished.

Can the landlord remove furniture if it is not wanted?

This is a possibility, it will depend on the landlord’s situation, if it’s a single investment property for instance then removing furniture could mean paying for storage, which is of course expensive. However if the property is owned by an investment fund or a landlord with multiple properties it might not be an issue. The quality of your offer will also be a factor in the landlords decision, the closer to asking price you are the more likely most landlords are to accommodate you. 

Will the landlord supply extra furniture if needed?

Much the same as removing furniture it’ll depend on the landlords situation, and again a strong offer will increase the chance of successfully negotiating extra furniture.

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

Some contracts will outline this as not acceptable or not possible without prior consent from the landlord, this is generally to stop people making extra bedrooms or bringing in large items and damaging the property. It isn’t designed to stop you bringing in childrens furniture or a desk etc. If in doubt it is always prudent to include what you want to bring into the offer.

What happens if furniture belonging to landlord breaks?

The landlord will have building and contents insurance, however you should take out your own contents insurance to protect against accidental damage, for instance if a washing machine breaks down due to a fault it’s the landlords responsibility, however if it breaks down through misuse then you’ll be liable.

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

Unless you have made prior arrangements to leave furniture behind the landlord has the right to charge you for the removal and disposal at their discretion. Whether the property is furnished or unfurnished it is advisable to leave it as you found it when you moved in.