At Holmes Estate Agents, we are pleased to say we have helped many South West London landlords. The following tips will provide you with a platform for keeping tenants happy, and ensuring your rental property remains in excellent condition in the coldest months of the year.
Top tips for landlords to consider in the lead-up to winter
· Make sure tenants know how the boiler in the property works, where the water stop tap is, and how they can adjust the thermostat
· Ensure tenants have emergency contact numbers should they need to get in touch quickly
· Remind tenants if they are leaving the rental property for any notable length of time to take sufficient heating precautions – a failure to do so may lead to property insurance being invalid
Given the increased risk of problems during the winter months, it is vital landlords ensure their insurance is up to date and provides them with sufficient cover. No one wants to consider the damage loose roofing slates may cause, but if something falls and hits someone, the cost could be extremely large.
Make sure the heating system is working
It is imperative landlords ensure the heating system is working in the rental property. This should be tested in advance, ideally by a qualified professional. This will incur a cost, but this is a far better situation than not having the system tested, and then finding there is a massive problem.
If an issue arises in the middle of winter, there will be emergency call-out costs, which are normally considerably higher than standard call-out costs. Also, tenants will be unhappy, and this may create a more challenging situation for landlords. The cost of having your heating system looked at by an expert in advance is more than balanced out by the confidence and peace of mind which comes with knowing everything is in good working order.
Call out experts for help and guidance
If individual gas or electric fires are in place in the rental property, as opposed to a central heating system, these must also be checked. If you have a gas system in place, be mindful of the legal requirements associated with these appliances. Call out a qualified professional to ensure these appliances are safe and in good working order every year.
If you’re a South West London landlord, and you want to minimise the likelihood of problems arising in winter, be proactive. At Holmes Estate Agents, we provide a wide range of services aimed at making life easier for landlords, helping you engage and connect with your tenants. By acting now, you may save yourself a lot of trouble in winter, so contact us today.