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  1. #1
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    Question Tenants possibly running a mechanical workshop from property

    Hi everyone, any advice would be appreciated:

    We have no evidence of this however when we either drive past the property (once every two weeks ) or when on the property for pre-arranged maintenance the tenants have at least four cars at a time on the property; one on the grass, two in the garage, one up the drive and often one or two on the street.

    There are two people renting the property and no obvious signs of others coming and going.

    We havenít been writing the registration numbers down as it is only the past couple of weeks we have noticed the vehicles change.

    The tenants have told us the cars belong to them, that they are vehicle fanatics, and enjoy fixing their cars in their spare time. One of them is unemployed and a mechanic by trade however having difficulty getting a full time job at present.

    They are very nice to deal with, no signs of damage to the property.

    Has anyone had this issue? Our concerns are the if they are running a business from our property, what are the risks and liabilities to us?

    Many thanks

    Regards
    Grant & Cheryl

  2. #2
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    Ring Tenancy Services on 0800836262 and discuss with them.

    You could also make a note of the registration numbers of the cars when you go past and next time, see whether the same cars are there. Keep a note of cars, date and time.

    You can do property inspection every month. It'll annoy the tenants but will give you peace of mind.

    Alternatively, write a pleasant letter to tenants advising them of your concern. Keep a copy on file, in case things stop being pleasant.
    Patience is a virtue.

  3. #3
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    Do you have a clause in your tenancy agreement requiring all vehicles on the property to be warranted and registered?

    I know you could have a book with all extra clauses in it, but it is handy to attach a few on a seperate page, including this one.

    You may be able to use the 'Reasonably clean & tidy' clause if weeds start growing through the cars.

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    Stop driving by.

    Give them quiet enjoyment.

  5. #5
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    Does it really matter?
    They are'nt doing any damage, and the more money they make the higher the next rent increase can be.
    If the neighbours were complaining then it might be a issue, otherwise I would let them continue to live a normal peaceful rent-paying life.

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    I agree with Keys: give them the quiet enjoyment that they are paying the rent for.

    The best way for a landlord to annoy a reasonable tenant is to be regularly visiting the property. Tenants hate that, and why not?

    How would an owner-occupier feel if the bank regularly "popped in" to check its security?

  7. #7
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    Thanks to everyone for the reply

    Our only concern was any legal liability if the tenant was running a pick part/chop shop, or whether there is any insurance problems with tenants running a business from one of our properties.

    Thatís a fair remark letting the tenants enjoy their peace and quiet however, it just happens to be in the same street with another property we are renovating so itís hard not to notice

    Regards
    Grant & Cheryl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keys View Post

    Stop driving by.

    Give them quiet enjoyment.
    It's not necessarily as simple as that.

    Our only concern was any legal liability if the tenant was running a pick part/chop shop, or whether there is any insurance problems with tenants running a business from one of our properties.
    You are quite correct and you need to check this out, both with the tenant and with your insurance company.

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    Could be a tinny house!

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    Give them a 90 day notice (periodic tenancy) and immediately sign them up to a new TA which states no mechanical work to be done. Tenants cars only etc.

    Ring your insurance company and ask their opinion. Get the opinion in writing.


 

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