With winter approaching, it’s crucial for landlords to gear up for the challenges that come with colder weather. Taking proactive steps and creating a checklist for both yourself and your tenants can ensure a smoother and trouble-free winter season.
Prepare in advance
Taking preventive measures can significantly reduce potential winter-related issues. Encourage your tenants to promptly report any concerns or problems they notice in the property, regardless of how minor they may seem. Addressing these early can prevent them from escalating into larger issues.
Maintain updated contact information
It’s essential to have up-to-date contact details for your tenants, and likewise for them to have your current information. If you plan to be unavailable or away, inform them in advance, ensuring smooth communication channels in case of emergencies or necessary maintenance.
Preventing frozen pipes
Frozen pipes pose a significant risk during extreme cold spells. Educate your tenants on the location of the stopcock to shut off the water supply in case of frozen pipes. Additionally, remind them of any clauses in the lease regarding maintaining adequate heating during winter months to prevent issues like mould and freezing.
Preparing for adverse weather
As storms can be prevalent during this season, ensuring the property is well-maintained is crucial. Encourage tenants to monitor the property’s exterior and report any issues such as leaking drainpipes or damaged gutters caused by severe weather conditions.
Guidelines for handling storms
In case of an approaching storm, advise tenants to secure the property. Additionally, recommend storing away outdoor items that could pose a threat during strong winds or adverse weather conditions.
Managing an empty property during the holiday season
When tenants plan to be away for an extended period, addressing the risks associated with an unoccupied property is essential. Many insurance policies have clauses regarding unoccupied properties, so it’s important to communicate with your tenants in such cases to prevent policy issues.
Before leaving for an extended period, tenants should inform you of their absence. Ensure they secure the property by locking all doors and windows and keeping valuables out of sight. Using smart technology or timers for lights can create an appearance of occupancy, deterring potential issues.
Precautionary steps for landlords
Performing periodic inspections throughout the year allows landlords to proactively identify and address maintenance issues. Check your insurance policy for any clauses requiring regular inspections for coverage validity. Maintain records of these checks in case evidence is needed for insurance claims, always respect your tenants’ privacy and provide advance notice for visits.
Preparing landlords and tenants for winter ensures a secure and well-maintained property throughout the colder months.