It gets me very irritated when I read articles on awful landlords, like the article I read this morning about HMO landlords shirking their responsibilities and generally being rubbish at what they’ve chosen to do. To my mind, if you decide to enter the rental market as a landlord, you shouldn’t rent out anything you wouldn’t be prepared to live in full time. If you wouldn’t dream of living in it, then you shouldn’t be renting it out.
Practising what I preach, we’ve this week been upcycling four lovely chairs for one of the apartments we rent out as the existing ones are a bit rickety. They’ve been repainted in Dulux Candle Cream and the seat pads reupholstered using some gorgeous Designers Guild remnant fabric I was lucky to find on Ebay. Total cost: 1/4 tin of Satinwood (£5), £20 in fabric and some staples instead of what would probably be about £80 each to buy new.
It doesn’t cost a lot to make things beautiful and beside, if you go into business as a landlord providing HOMES not just houses, then you should definitely put the effort in when it’s needed!