I’ve a landlord that wants to get the tenants to look after repairing the washing machine if it goes wrong.
My view is given the changes introduced this year that she cannot do that as a tenant cannot be forced into a third party arrangement (which they would be if they needed to get a repair person in). I’ve suggested to the landlord to gift the appliance, which transfers ownership to the tenant, and by default repair responsibility.
But I can’t think of a way to stop the tenant taking the washing machine when they go – which they could argue they could if it was gifted. And the landlord wants to ensure the machine stays.
In my view the only way to ensure it stays is for the landlord to maintain repair responsibility. Or am I thinking the wrong way on this?