In a rental property, there are often restricted when it comes to hanging items on the wall or installing permanent fixtures – but what about stairlifts? If you need additional help around the home because of a long-term condition or short-term recovery, a stairlift could be the perfect solution but there are a few extra steps to consider if you live in a rented property.
Here’s all you need to know about the process.
Since stairlift installations involve making adaptations to the property, you must seek the landlord’s permission beforehand. Going ahead with the work could result in termination of your rental contract and even legal problems, so its best to go about things the right way. Maintaining a good relationship with your landlord is important and you can do this by consulting them about the process.
Your landlord is more likely to give you permission for the installation if they understand what it involves. Most modern stairlifts will not change the structure of the property but the wall adjacent to the stairs and flooring will need to be worked on for the stairlift track to be added – although this could just be a few holes and bolts. It’s a good idea to have a consultation with the installation company so you know exactly what kind of work needs doing and you can then present this to your landlord.
If your landlord agrees to the installation you should get this confirmation in writing. Agreements over the phone or face to face mean you do not have anything to refer back to or show if something were to go wrong. Keep communication over email so you have evidence of you discussions.
Here at Alfix, we supply and install a range of stairlifts across the UK. With warranty options of up to 5 years, our products will provide long-term support so you can remain independent. Alternatively, why not take advantage of our rental options? Our team will help you find a stairlift option that suits your needs. Get in touch with us today for more information.