A landlord’s Christmas list - safety tips for winter
- 18th December 2014
- Landlord Property News
Making sure your tenant is aware of any potential problems caused by the cold weather can save time and money
Before the freeze really sets in, the best way to ensure that your property doesn't suffer this Christmas is to ensure that your tenants are aware of the potential problems that can be caused by the cold weather.
For peace of mind, landlords may wish to visit the property for a quick inspection and to offer advice to tenants. It may also be useful to provide an information pack on tips to minimise the risk of problems occuring, such as avoiding frozen pipes by not switching the boiler off for long periods of time.
Small damage and cracks to the exterior of your property can rapidly deteriorate once the cycle of freezing and melting begins. Checking all walls, windows, and doors is easily done and far less expensive than making more extensive repairs in the Spring.
Boilers and hot water systems need attention too. Burst pipes or broken boilers are unlikely to add to the festive cheer, while exterior paving or decking can freeze and cause a slipping hazard.
While landlords and tenants will typically share the responsibility of identifying any issues caused by the weather, ludlowthompson are also on hand to provide advice.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman of ludlowthompson, explains: “It's important that landlords keep their tenants informed about the potential risks to the property that the winter season can pose. A tenant who is aware of any potential risks is far more likely to identify and report any problems they're experiencing as a result of the weather, and small concerns can be indicators of bigger issues.
"ludlowthompson can provide advice to landlords and tenants, but landlords may rest easier if they've discussed any potential issues to look out for with their tenants. Tenants often prefer this approach rather than the hassle of anything going wrong.
"Taking a common sense approach over the Winter months can help both landlords and tenants ensure that there is minimal hassle over the festive period."
A tenant who is aware of any potential risks is far more likely to identify and report any problems they're experiencing as a result of the weather, and small concerns can be indicators of bigger issues.
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