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Open fireplace in IP

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Toon, 6th Oct, 2015.

  1. Toon

    Toon Well-Known Member

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    Would an open fireplace in an IP be a dealbreaker for anyone?
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Only if there was no chimney or flue.
     
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  3. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    No - not a deal breaker for me.
     
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  4. VKeen2Learn

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    Would be a welcome feature for many I'm sure.
     
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  5. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    I like them. Would prefer a chimney or whatever to go with it.
     
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  6. larrylarry

    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    I think as a rental, it is unlikely to be a deal breaker but as PPOR probably yes. I bought my PPOR with a fireplace fixed with gas heater. I ripped it out and replaced with a stove and replaced the flue. Works beautifully.
     
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  7. WestOz

    WestOz Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't stop me from purchasing an IP with one but I remove wood fires the first chance I get.
    Termites can come with wood, smoke stains paint etc, burn marks on flooring, flue cleaning etc etc...
     
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  8. househuntn

    househuntn Well-Known Member

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    Any more opinions on this? There's quite a few properties with an open wood fireplace around here and imo it's too much hassle to maintain, plus there's smoke + wood + termites risk, and the smell
     
  9. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    @househuntn is a fireplace the expectation in the area? Look for another area.
     
  10. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Depends on the area. In some areas, especially those with character homes it might be an expected feature.

    Do you really trust tenants lighting fires in your house?
     
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  11. Ed Barton

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    I completely trust tenants to light my house on fire.
     
  12. househuntn

    househuntn Well-Known Member

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    A lot of houses seem to have it but I don't think it's an expectation

    Not really lol. And it's outer east melbourne, older housing, not really character homes
     
  13. Shady

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    Has anyone removed a fire place? the house i just bought has two fire places which may seem normal except that the house is in Brisbane....does it even get that cold in brisbane.
     
  14. MyPropertyPro

    MyPropertyPro SE Qld Property Management & Investor Services Business Member

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    Yes, a bit strange in Brisbane but that would also probably make it quite a unique feature! Not really sure having a real life fireplace in a rental property however!
     
  15. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    We installed a traditional looking (but with a Jotul firebox insert) fireplace in Brisbane. We do use it in the deep of winter :D.

    With the question from the OP, is there another way of warming the house in question?