Here is a question to the blog clinic from Karen (not her real name) who is a tenant
I have been searching the Internet for help with a big problem my family and I have been having with our landlord (it may seem trivial to some people but it has caused us a huge headache).
We moved into a house about a month ago and feel very lucky to have found because it is perfect, except for one thing, there is no TV aerial.
We called our landlady who told us that this is the tenant’s responsibility and as such she is unwilling to pay anything towards it.
I may be a bit naive but when I viewed the property, I wasn’t looking for a TV aerial as I thought this is would be standard. (It was conveniently not mentioned when we did the viewing).
Is there anything we can do or do we have to bite the bullet and do this ourselves? If we put an aerial up, the surely the landlord will benefit as it will there for use by future tenants.
I could not find anything on the Internet about this, which surprises me as I would have thought this is quite a common problem.
This is not something covered by any of the legislation, so that means it is something for the landlord and the tenant to sort out for themselves.
I don’t think actually it is a huge problem (although no doubt people will correct me if I am wrong) as most properties have TV aerials installed.
It is unfortunate that you did not spot this and ask them about it before you signed, but they may just have said then that you have to arrange for the TV reception yourself. Would you have taken the property anyway?
I think probably the best thing is just to bite on the bullet and get it done. Or maybe if there is broadband, you could watch telly via the Internet?
Incidentally, if you pay for the aerial it will technically be yours so you will be entitled to take it with you when you go – if you are able to get it down from the roof!
Note that whatever solution you come to, you will need a TV license.