Get Your Rented Property Winter Ready
If you’ve been watching the weather forecast recently, you’ll know that we could be heading towards a very cold winter.
If you haven’t yet carried out pre-winter checks on your properties, it’s a great time to do this before the winter sets in. By taking preventative action today, you could avoid expensive repair bills further down the line. If you have several properties, this could require you to trump up the extra cash quickly, which may always not be possible. Furthermore, you could stand to lose a lot more than just the repair costs if your tenants decide to leave as a result of damage to your property.
As a landlord, here’s a few things that you can do to ensure your properties remain tip-top and any unexpected repair bills are kept to a minimum. A lot of these should be routine inspections that you carry out anyway. However, as we approach the colder months, these measures become more important:
- - Do a visual check of the roof from the outside – are there any roof tiles that appear to be missing. Damaged tiles will not only cause water ingress but could also fall off and hurt someone.
- - Ensure your boiler has been serviced. Check your radiators and pipework for small leaks. A good efficient heating system is very important as it will add to the tenant’s enjoyment of your property. It will also help them to keep their bills down during the cold winter months. If your house does not have central heating, you should definitely consider installing it as properties with central heating will let quicker than those that don’t have it.
- - If you have gas in the property, you must also ensure that your gas check has been done as this is a legal requirement. It may help getting your boiler serviced at the same time as the gas check.
- - Bleed all radiators to ensure that they are running efficiently.
- - Property insulation in the form of loft and cavity wall insulation should be looked at. This is especially important. From April 2018, landlords will not be able to rent buildings with an EPC rating of below E without providing evidence that all cost-effective measures to improve have been met.
- - Ensure any water tank in the loft and the hot water cylinder is sufficiently cladded.
- - Look at the ceilings – is there any evidence of condensation or damp? If yes, then this must be remedied immediately.
- - Check the gutters for leaks, blockages and debris. Clear out any leaves.
- - Check your landlord’s insurance policy is up to date. You need to be covered for risks such as storm and flood damage, water leaks and also 3rd party liability for injuries to others.
If you’re a landlord with a property to let, please contact our letting team who will be all too pleased to help.