Renting a furnished home

If you take a quick look at current rental listings, there’s a good chance you’ll see that some are available furnished, offering renters the convenience of moving into a property that comes with it all.

But who do furnished rentals suit and what’s involved when it comes to renting one?

Different types

When it comes to furnished rental properties, there are different categories involved: fully furnished and equipped, fully furnished, partly furnished, and white goods only.

Fully furnished and equipped – This is the level of furnishing you would expect to find in a holiday home or short-stay accommodation, meaning everything’s there including pots, pans, cutlery and linen. It’s rare to find the level of furnishing in a home in the long-term rental pool.

Fully furnished – As the name suggests, properties that are fully furnished have all the furniture they need, including white goods, beds, couches etc.

Partly furnished – A partly furnished property has some but not all furniture included. So it might have beds, tables, and sofas but be missing other items.

White goods only – In this case, some or all of the white goods a renter would need are included.

Unfurnished – The property is empty and the renter brings all their own furniture and white goods.

Who furnished rentals suit

Over the years, most of us build up a collection of furniture and personal items, and that means fully furnished properties may not be for everyone.

The do, however, tend to suit the following circumstances:

  • Student housing
  • New arrivals to an area
  • Those renting for a set period of time

Pros and cons

Renting a furnished property comes with both pros and cons. On one hand, it’s convenient and could save you the cost of buying your own items.

On the other, the rent tends to be a little higher, and you will need to ensure the furniture in the property doesn’t get damaged during your time there.

What to consider

If you are renting a furnished property it’s important to remember the general rental rules apply.

The property will need to be looked after and, when you leave, it will need to be returned to the same condition that you found it in when you arrived, barring fair wear and tear.

When moving into a furnished rental:

  • Do an audit of exactly what’s there and what condition it is in, including all furniture (your entry condition report will assist with this process).
  • Document any existing damage to the furniture and the actual property.
  • Try to protect the furniture and take reasonable measures to look after it.
  • Although the property is furnished, it may lack those personal touches that make a house or unit a home. Like any rental property, you can add your own personal touches, as long as they don’t permanently affect the property.

How we can help

Our experienced property managers pride themselves on establishing great relationships with both rental occupiers and owners.

We manage every property as if it were our own and you can learn more about our property management services here.

Alternatively, if you are looking to rent a property, you can view the properties we currently have available here.