Flickering_Ember wrote: »
I'd be willing to look after the garden in return for cheaper rent.
MSE_Jenny wrote: »
The house price slump means there are more properties on the rental market, so tenants looking for a new pad may be able to haggle down the cost. We'd like to tap MoneySavers for their top tips on how to find a property’s market worth and negotiate down the cost.
Are there ways to boost your bargaining power when looking for a new flat to rent, for example, by taking a place unfurnished or volunteering to do up the garden?
stevetodd wrote: »
I think you will find that it's a standard clause that you are responsible for the garden anyway. What happens realistically is that tenants tend to let the garden go but have to hand it over as it was, or have gardening costs deducted from their deposit.
I have to add however that I have been lucky enough to have had a few tenants that were quite keen to not only maintain the garden but actually improve it.
Gingernutmeg wrote: »
Whenever I've rented it's always seemed to be the case that you pay a premium for houses with gardens/outside space. Maybe I'm naive, but it seems a bit daft to me to pay extra for outside space that you're not willing to maintain or really use, and risk loosing part of your deposit because of that. I like gardening, and I like having space to dry laundry etc, so I pay extra to have that space and accept I have to maintain it. But like I said, maybe I'm naive lol.
MSE_Martin wrote: »
Sorry you feel that way. By your argument though I should close the site down. Cheap credit cards hit those who work for card companies, cheap contact lenses opticians, cheap flights holidays.
This is a consumer website, not an investor website, and always has been. I have written many times how people often play for both sides. There are many good investor sites which will give advice for landlords - its not something that I've ever written about or covered - its not what this site does.
Tenants are consumers. Landlords may be consumers in other roles, but not in their landlord role. There are some great sites out there supporting landlords and I wish you and them the best - but its not what MoneySaving is about.
It's also worth noting that in any deal the landlord has the ability to say no... and not accept a price they dont want to. There's no aim to steal, force, or do anything unethical hear just to ensure people are getting a good deal on their housing, as we aim to show them how to get a good deal on anything else.
I've now answered your point, and won't comment again in this thread, as it needs to return to its original purpose and would ask that you don't discuss it within this thread.
stphnstevey wrote: »
Ever the politician - lots of words but not much content....
You can't compare huge multinational credit card companies and large chains of high street opticians to simple buy to let landlords. Property portfolio's might be different in size, but the majority of landlords only have a few properties at most. Lot's of ordinary people have turned to renting as they can't sell in this climate and they would go under otherwise. The days when landlords had whellbarrows full of money are well and truly over. There has been a new breed of ordinary people that have been forced into renting or lose thousands of pounds and go into vast debt.
What I object to is using a recession (that is effecting everyone, landlords and tenants alike) to stand on someone else to get ahead.
You would never see a thread about 'push down builders prices as their is a recession and alot of them haven't got any work or have been made redundant - endorsed by Martin's Weekly email'.
Why? He has a business too? Is he not the same as a credit card company or opticians? Why not?
Because we don't like people taking advantage of the little guy who is suffering in this horrible recession too.
However Martin believes landlords are different and there are no little guys out there, they are all Donald Trump...
Property portfolio's might be different in size, but the majority of landlords only have a few properties at most.
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