Renovating with tenants in place?

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  1. Lambo

    Lambo Well-Known Member

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    Tenants are complaining of a leak from the upstairs bathroom. It's been an ongoing issue. Have had a plumber come out a couple of times to attempt to fix but no luck. Bathroom is extremely dated and probably needs to be ripped out and started from scratch. Tenants still have 6 months left on lease. Would it be possible to do a bathroom reno with tenants in the house? There is a downstairs bathroom they can use.

    Problem is it's a 70s house and the bathroom sheeting looks like asbestos which I'd say would have to be removed... Guessing they'd have to be out of the house for the asbestos to be removed?
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Specialist Property Manager Business Member

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    If there's another bathroom available to use I don't think there'd be too much problem. You could probably negotiate a compensation amount for the hassle of having tradespeople in their house everyday for a couple of weeks that it would take (much less than if it were their only bathroom).

    As for the asbestos bit, you probably want a specialist to take a look at that. A lot of trades won't look at it for fear of invaliding their license / insurance. They might be able to recommend whether they can safely remove it with tenants present or not.

    Alternative option is leave it til when they leave if they don't mind putting up with the leak. It probably also means you won't be able to charge them for water usage (depending on what state your property is in as they're all a bit different on this).
     
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  3. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got this very problem - but it only has one bathroom (with toliet in there!!)...

    I'm happy to hire a portable bathroom, but because it's a period home, there's no driveway, no access to the back.... The tenants are good and been there for a few years now.... set up a camp dunny and shower tent in the back yard??? :confused: (I could knock the front fence down and plonk a portable dunny etc on the front lawn...... not sure if tenant will be thrilled with that...)

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  4. Archaon

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    Portable bathroom?

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  5. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Would not mind ~~ but no idea how to get it into the back yard (think of similar to old period terrace with no ROW)..... :oops:

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  6. Archaon

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    I actually read you said exactly that after I replied, my bad.

    Good luck!
     
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  7. The Y-man

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    I was even thinking of getting them a membership at the gym down the road, until I realised the dunny can't be used either....

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  8. GoOnAndTell

    GoOnAndTell Well-Known Member

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    have done it out of necessity as bathroom was stuffed, i was available, and there was a tenant. We gave back all rent $ for the 2 weeks end to end. It was the only bathroom however the toilet was another room.

    It wasn't great, but sorta worked i think it might depend on the tenant and house.
     
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  9. TAJ

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    If you were the tenant, what would you expect the Landlord to do?