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Security screen door at front entrance

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by hozi, 20th Nov, 2015.

  1. hozi

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    Tenant has requested approval for installing a screen door (health factor and security) at the front entrance to the property at her expense. She will have it professionally installed and it will stay at the property if she is to leave.


    How does this work?
     
  2. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Works as described above. What are you really wanting to know?
     
  3. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Sounds perfect.

    Just document everything, so that the agreement doesn't change down the track.
     
  4. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    The pm will arrange the work,pay the bill then send the costs to the tenant
     
  5. SeafordSunshine

    SeafordSunshine Well-Known Member

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    Could I suggest you get the money from the tenant first?
     
  6. chindonly

    chindonly Well-Known Member

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    Sounds great, just make sure you get a spare key!
     
  7. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Would you pay a tradie before the work is complete? As a tenant I wouldnt hand over money to a pm or LL till I saw the works done. PM's can be notoriously unreliable (along with the LL string pullers)
     
  8. wylie

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    Could tenant order the door and pay the deposit and lay the balance at time of fitting? The contract then is between the tenant and the door company. Get it in writing that the door stays when the tenant leaves.
     
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    balwoges Well-Known Member

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    Would not think of living in a house without security doors front and back, so why should your tenant? Next and following tenants will appreciate the added security. PS pay for it and add it to your capital appreciation file :)
     
  10. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Get them to do a key copy for the office as well.
     
  11. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    it works great - they are improving your property at their expense.

    Most tenants would ask landlord to pay for the cost, most landlords approve security doors and are happy to pay for the tenant to have one.
     
  12. Waterboy

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    Be nice and pay for it. Don't be too greedy. Especially if the tenant is a good one.

    It's tempting to be greedy, but if it improves your property value, might as well do it and pay for it for the goodwill.

    What comes around...
     
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  13. wylie

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    If my tenant ever asked, we would add this ourselves. If the tenant is offering to pay for it, I would possibly still pay for it myself. I've never had to think about it but Balwoges... your comment made me think about this. We have only once had a tenant request security grills (house already had a couple, they wanted more). I'm always intrigued by what people think is necessary (or desired). We don't have security on from for back doors, but never leave front door open. Back door is often open but it is very private and we live in this room with big french doors to our outdoor. We wander in and out and wouldn't put a security door on to restrict the indoor/outdoor flow.

    We do have grills (now replaced with security louvres - much nicer than bars) and leave windows open all year. So when doors are closed we get airflow. I'm always surprised that tenants don't ask for more security.

    The houses we have (or had) have had a few security grills, especially on bathroom windows so they can be left open for airing that room, and as we removed them from our windows to replace with louvres, we put them into IPs, so our IPs have a few grills to allow windows to be left open, but we are never asked for flyscreens or more security. Maybe it is a Queensland thing?
     
  14. hozi

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    Thank you all for your comments and advice. I decided I will get the security screen doors installed for the tenant. So askd PM to get quotes and he has come back with
    MIN16400 (Renew front heavy duty flyscreen door complete) 1 Door. $549.76 +GST
    MIN16600 (Additional for metal or timber build out) 1 Door. $35.68 +GST

    This property is located in Sydney PostCode 2145
    I thought this was a bit steep. Please let me know your thoughts.