Upgrading the cosmetics in a student rental property is difficult when the house is fully occupied. Painting an entire house or tearing out old flooring and putting new flooring in is difficult (or rather impossible!) when the students are around. Updating kitchen cabinets, countertops, bathroom renovations, etc. render these areas of the house unusable for large periods of time and therefore cannot be upgraded while student tenants are living in the house. This is the time the Landlords need to take advantage of in the summer, to evaluate what needs to be cosmetically updated in their student rental property in London and push forward with estimates from contractors, notice to tenants, and getting the job done. Cosmetically upgrading a student property at this summer stage is beneficial since:
1. The students are usually not around and will not interfere with the contractors
2. The contractors can access the property with ease
3. The Landlord is making full rent payments from the students, while undergoing an update
4. The tenants will appreciate a cosmetic update and will be more likely to stay on past their lease, respect the property, find others to secure the house once the lease expires, etc.
5. The landlord improves the value of the home, and greatly improves the chances of renting out the property for the next year
Aside from smaller maintenance and keeping up with the grounds of the property, it would be wise to wait until the student tenants come back from their holidays to start maintenance and repairs on a property. These smaller jobs are can be completed quickly, usually do not disrupt the tenants living quarters, and the tenants are usually good with pointing out to the Landlord what the problems are at the property.