Furnished, part furnished and unfurnished homes

Last updated: 20 February 2018

There's no legal wording that lists what a 'furnished', 'part-furnished' or 'unfurnished' home should have.

Even though there's no legal wording, there are things you would expect to find in a 'furnished', 'part-furnished' or 'unfurnished' home.

These are:

Furnished

A furnished home often includes everything needed to move in right away.

This could include:

  • oven
  • fridge/freezer
  • sofa
  • chairs
  • dining table
  • bed
  • wardrobe
  • washing machine
  • light fittings
  • carpet

Part-furnished

A part-furnished home includes some things a tenant will need, but allows a tenant to move in some of their own furniture.

A part-furnished home could include:

  • oven
  • fridge/freezer
  • wardrobe
  • dining table
  • chairs
  • light fittings
  • carpet

Unfurnished

Although an unfurnished home mostly allows a tenant to use all of their own furniture, there are still likely to be some crucial items.

An unfurnished home could include:

  • light fittings
  • carpet
  • oven
  • fridge/freezer

How it's agreed

A 'tenancy agreement' covers what's agreed between a landlord and a tenant about a home. The landlord should state in a tenancy agreement:

  • whether the home is furnished, part furnished or unfurnished
  • mention a list of what the home contains - this is known as an 'inventory'

The inventory can come with the tenancy agreement.

It's up to the tenant to decide whether they agree with both the tenancy agreement and the inventory. If the tenant's happy they can sign both.

If a tenant doesn't agree, they should speak to the landlord before they sign the tenancy agreement. If the landlord and tenant can't agree, the tenant can choose not to sign the tenancy agreement.

After a tenancy agreement is signed

The landlord only needs to maintain, in a good, working order, what is listed in the inventory.

If the tenant wants an item that is not on the inventory, the landlord doesn't need to supply it.

There are legal standards for the furniture in a home. Furniture must meet fire safety standards and must be safe and capable of being used for the purpose it was designed.