Lima Europe

Lima Europe

October 06, 2011 09:00 ET

Landlords Should Ensure the Interior of Student Houses Are Up to Scratch, Says Lima

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - Up and down the country, university students have this weekend been moving in to houses that they will call home for the next 8 months and according to London interior designers, Lima Europe, there are too many stereotypical, unkempt student homes in need of refurbishment.

The UK rental market is currently in a strong position and in some areas there are more students in search of accommodation than is available. However, just because it is likely that tenants will be found, whatever the state of the interior, it should not mean that necessary repairs and redecoration is neglected.

Zoltán Madosfalvi, co-founder of integrated design and construction house, Lima Europe, commented: "Many people have a stereotypical image in their mind of a student house and unfortunately there are too many landlords who share this vision. When a person decides to rent a furnished house out, they should take on the responsibility of making it a comfortable place to live, not just providing the basic, necessary items, such as a sofa and beds, but also considering the condition they are in."

Whilst landlords typically want to save money and are worried that refurbishment work could be wasted if students do not properly care for fixtures, fittings and furniture, they should ensure houses are not in a dilapidated condition. Carpets that have become threadbare, peeling wallpaper, marked walls, and sofas or mattresses with broken springs are just a few common issues that landlords should address immediately for leaseholders.

Not only could properties fetch that little extra in rent if the interior is maintained to a high standard, it is likely tenants, students or professionals, will mirror this attention, therefore showing much more care in keeping it clean and tidy; not least because they do not want to lose their deposit. This means that keeping on top of repairs and decoration can save money in the long run.

Zoltán continued: "Landlords who have multiple properties can certainly save money by revamping them all at once and Christmas holidays will be the next ideal opportunity to do the more disruptive jobs like replacing carpets or painting. Instead of buying items at the lowest possible cost, which may need replacing again before too long, consider rental refurbishment as an investment; if tenants are unhappy with their surroundings they will be looking elsewhere before too long."

If you are searching for the right UK interior designers for your home or rental portfolio, please visit www.limaeurope.co.uk or telephone 0207 884 0504 - Lima's domestic and commercial interior designers are on hand to discuss your needs and arrange an initial consultation.

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