No – however as a minimum we recommend you provide curtain poles or curtain rails for all windows in the property.

When considering blinds and curtains consider the following:

  • The addition of blinds and/or curtains will improve the presentation of the property
  • The addition of blinds and/or curtains will make the property more appealing to a tenant as blinds and curtains can be expensive and having to fit blinds or curtain poles and have curtains made is not something a tenant will relish
  • Allowing the tenants to put up their own blinds and/or poles may not be a good idea unless they have the right tools and skills to do so and they are willing to make good any damage they cause during the installation or removal at the end of the tenancy
  • Where internal window blinds are installed in premises where children 0 to 42 months are (ever) likely to have access or be present, ensure they comply with the EN 13120 standard
  • The more prestigious the property/higher asking rent, the higher the tenant’s expectations will be – expecting a tenant to put newspaper on the windows to protect their privacy is not going to work in a premium let!

Further Reading

Landlords Safety Considerations for Internal Window Blinds {Jungle Property Blog article}

British Blind and Shutter Association – 2014 legal requirements for internal window blinds

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