Shed in back garden

Hi all,

I am planning to provide a shed in the back garden to be used exclusively by the tenant for additional storage.

I will pay for a lock and keep a spare key for myself so that I can look inside the shed when I carry out inspections. I will also warn the tenant that anything stored in the shed is at their own risk (as it is for their belongings inside the property) and it is up to them to get insurance if they want to.

Do I need to make any changes to the tenancy agreement or inventory?

Does anyone see any pitfalls or any other precautions I should take?

Many thanks in advance.

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I can think of a shed load of problems… (o k folks lets go,remember the toilet seat?)


Ha ha, that might be scraping the bottom. Ugh, sorry :slight_smile:


Yes update the inventory to include the shed.

Incidentally, will this be to store a step ladder? (I never knew my real ladder).


Watch you don’t step on a rake!


You could store a lot of replacement toilet seats in a big shed.


I think OP may need you to shed some light on that :smiley:


Is it big enough for a bed or is subletting a no.


Ha ha, no :slight_smile:

It is definitely just a shed, for storage.


two bunk beds in it Air b and b . More air than anything !


Why are you providing a shed? Unless there’s one on site when I buy a property I ask the tenants to provide their own shed.
It’s a cost outlay you can’t claim any tax relief as it’s classed as an improvement to the property and also another item you would have to maintain and repair as there’s little chance of the tenant treating it annually with a wood preservative. It makes no sense.


Thanks for your reply. A few reasons:

The property is small and the tenant needs the storage so it’s not an unreasonable request.

Good reliable tenant, looks after the property, pays rent on time.

The shed will add value to the property

that is a good reason … I drive a shed and it has now done 130k miles


Ha ha. Time to shed it. The toilet had more legs.


Can’t see how a shed adds value! They all become rot boxes and provide free accommodation to the local rodents. Whatever added value you may think is eaten away in maintenance and repairs.

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Thanks for your thoughts on this.

I’m expecting the benefit to be greater than cost but it might depend on individual circumstances.

If you put in a shed make it a plastic/metal one - wooden ones rot, need reroofed and are basically a pain. I have spend ££s over the years maintaining and replacing the shed in my rented property garden, however it is useful if you want them to maintain the garden that they have somewhere to keep their lawnmower.


Hi ,thanks for your advice, much appreciated.

Good luck with your “shed investment” George. Personally I fail to see the benefit return in installing a liability that the elements and tenants relentlessly try to destroy.

Ok, thanks again for your comments.