Adding chattels to your property
Learn about the difference between chattels and courtesy chattels as well as example chattels you can use.
What is the difference between chattels and courtesy chattels?
Chattels refer to the movable personal items that are provided by the landlord as part of the rental property. These can range from appliances like ovens and washing machines to furniture like sofas and beds. The condition and working order of these chattels should be clearly documented at the start of the tenancy in the property inspection report. It is the landlord's responsibility to ensure these chattels are maintained and kept in a reasonable state of repair during the tenancy. If any of these items break down or get damaged due to normal wear and tear, the landlord is usually responsible for repairing or replacing them.
On the other hand, courtesy chattels are those additional items that a landlord may provide for the tenant's convenience, but are not a standard part of the rental property offering. Examples might include additional kitchenware, gardening tools, or recreational equipment. Unlike standard chattels, there is typically no obligation on the landlord to repair or replace courtesy chattels if they get damaged or worn out.
Examples of chattels:
Fixed floor covering
Air conditioning unit
Garage door remote
Heat transfer system
Heated towel rail
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