A dishwaser is definitely going to be a plus for renters .I wouldn't overthink the furnishing stuff though.
As JAG and others have pointed out, renting out a house, never mind a furnished house to tenants unknown can be a big risk and responsibility if some happens such as a fire etc.
Originally Posted by mossman1
I would agree with JAG that supplying a bbq and propane tank is definitely not a good idea, not from just the issue of storing the propane tank (which do leak) but MISUSE resulting in burns, eyebrow singe-ing and other things such as smoke coming into the premises. Lets assume here that the tenant has a couple small kids that decided to "play" with the bbq and'are
badly burned as a result. MAJOR LAWSUIT!
Same with upholstered furniture, (beds and sofas) due to the bed bug infestation common in many citiies.
If there was an infestation, not only are you responsible for disposing of the affected furniture but you would have to call in pest control to fumigate the premises. Same with roaches.
As far as appliances (other than stove and fridge, that's about all you would need to supply and even there, you would be responsible to repair, if necessary.
Lastly, since you need to report the rental to a insurance company for your protection as a LANDLORD, lots of questions will be raised by the insurance company, before they issue a liability and fire insurance policy to you on the premises.
The tenants will have to have their own SEPARATE tenant contents insurance.
Your premiums will be based on your history as well as wether the tenants are smokers. That's a bit hard to say upfront,and this is something that has to be determined when the LEASE is signed.
A clause has to be provided in the lease to be checked by the tenant whether ANYONE in the rental unit is a smoker, as most insurance companies will assume they are, and the insurance policy premiums could be higher as the insurance
company has to assume the risk if your place burns down due to careless smokers or kitchen fires due to unattended
pots catching fire on the stove.
After all, you are not the homeowner living in these premises.
Also things like smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors (if heated by fossilm fuels (nat gas or oil) will be necessary and proper egress available, in case of fire.
Last edited by carverman; 2017-03-08 at 07:31 AM.
Much appreciated in framing it from that perspective as well as the other very helpful information. Definitely true that this isn't a 'game' and all pre-cautions in being proactive and defensive must be taken. As well as making sure the place is clean, painted, basic functioning appliances, meets safety standards, good screening are the requirements for success in the long-run.
Originally Posted by carverman