Question from dan updated on 8th July 2019:
I have a three bedroom property and all the bedrooms have window coverings - ie: roller blinds. The open plan living area is on the second story and has roller blinds on one side for privacy from other houses. My current tenant would like me to pay to install window coverings on the remaining living area windows. These windows are all private and no one can see inside the living area from them. Am I required to provide these?
Our expert Bernard Parker responded:
You haven’t said why the tenants would like these other windows to have window coverings installed. Is it for warmth? Privacy? I must say that a bare window in a living area, with no curtains or blinds, can appear to be rather bleak. Your investment property is a business, your house is a product, and your tenants are your customers. If you keep them happy they will probably stay and continue paying rent. Isn’t that more desirable than having these people move out and leave you to find replacement tenants?
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