Installing a Bidet in a Rental Property- What is involved?
Renting a home can have its advantages but there are a few situations where not owning your own home can be really frustrating. Making changes to the property you are renting can be difficult and involves hurdles like obtaining permission from the landlord and selecting a suitable tradesman. However, these situations can be easily overcome. Let’s take a look at what is available when it comes to bidets for renters and how to get a bidet installed in a rental property.
Approaching the Landlord
The first and most important step to take when installing a bidet in a property you don’t own, is to obtain permission from the property owner or landlord. This can be tough, as landlords can be notoriously difficult when it comes to making changes to their building.
There can often be an impasse between tenants and landlords but as a landlord myself, I always feel that if there is mutual respect, good communication and understanding most things can be achieved.
There are a couple of important points you will need to consider before approaching the landlord.
- Decide how much of the install of the bidet you are prepared to pay for.
- Are you prepared to leave the bidet when you vacate the property?
- If you are installing a bidet seat, are you able to return the plumbing and electrical work back to a safe and satisfactory manner?
A landlord is more likely to give you a favourable answer if he/she doesn’t have to put their hand in their pocket. Having the property returned to its original condition when the tenancy ends is what most landlords fear the most. Be prepared to offer this option when asking permission for putting a bidet in a rental property.
Using a Tradesman or Company to install a Bidet
Landlords like to use their own trusted tradesman when there is work to be done on a property that they own. I would suggest that you go with this in mind. The chosen tradesman could be more expensive than the ones you would choose. Get a few quotes for the bidet installation and offer to meet the landlord in the middle if there is a gap between the two.
Removing a Bidet when you leave a property
ALWAYS state that you will return the property to its original condition when the tenancy ends. This may just require the removal of a bidet seat and reinstating the original toilet seat, or the simple removal of a handheld bidet shower and an end cap placed on the T valve. The landlord may be happy for the electrical installation and plumbing to be left in case the next tenant wants to install a bidet… Bidet popularity is growing by the day!
Bidets for Renters – The Options
The simplest option for bidets in rental properties is the handheld bidet sprays and the non-electric bidet toilet seats. These bidets only require a water feed so there is no electrical work to be undertaken. The plumber simply installs a T Valve to the inlet of the toilet cistern and away you go.
The handheld spray is attached via a shower hose to the valve. The toilet seat option requires the existing toilet seat to be removed temporarily so that the retrofit bidet can be installed. Both these bidet options are a good choice for rental properties and should take no more than an hour to install. Both can easily be removed when you vacate the property and an end cap can be placed on the T valve if the landlord is happy for you to leave this in place.
An electric bidet toilet seat could be more difficult to install in a rental property due to the electrical work that may have to be undertaken. Most countries allow electrical connections in bathrooms. However, installing bidets in the UK have strict guidelines that you must follow and this could get expensive. All that said don’t be deterred, electric bidet seats can be a godsend if you suffer from a disability or mobility issues.
Non Permanent Bidet Options for Renters
What happens if your landlord gives you a flat NO?! Don’t worry you can still have a bidet in your bathroom. Electric travel bidets are a great option for renters or Airbnb’s users and, apart from having to refill the reservoir before use, they clean as well as a permanently installed bidet spray or bidet toilet seat. You can also take it with you when you travel. Most bidet users find they miss the clean feeling a bidet gives them when they travel, so this is a perfect portable solution. Especially if you use a bidet but don’t plan to rent a property or room for very long.