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Month: November 2017

How to maintain your tenanted property during winter

As a landlord, taking care of your let should be your priority, both for the tenant you’re currently providing a home to, and the long-term appeal of your let as a home that will be leased without much difficulty year on year.

During winter, it’s especially important to ensure your property is in good condition. Extreme weather changes, darker nights, and below freezing temperatures can all take their toll on the condition of a house or flat so it’s important that you take extra care of your tenanted property during the winter season.

Residential Property

Below, our Regional Operations Manager Donna Cheney, has some tips that will ensure your property remains safe, secure and in good condition during winter:

  • With the darker nights now in, perhaps it’s worth investing in security equipment for your tenanted property such as lighting or a burglary alarm. A well-lit or alarmed home with help your tenant feel more safe and secure or, if the property is vacant, such security measures could help to deter burglars.
  • As a landlord, you should perhaps think about getting an exterior cleaning specialist to clear the gutters of the property if you’re unable to do it yourself. Keep them free of leaves, moss, and general natural clutter. This will ensure that the gutters keep working as they should with no drainage issues and, by keeping them clean, they’re less likely to freeze during a cold spell.
  • This one is vital – have the boiler serviced. As a landlord, legally you must have a gas safety record in place, but too many landlords don’t have the boiler serviced annually. If you do service it once a year, this will reveal any potential issues which may cause a problem for your tenant over the cold winter months – the last thing you want is for your tenant to be without heating and hot water and then to struggle to get a gas engineer booked in for an urgent repair.
  • Ensure that pathways and steps are kept clear of leaves and other debris. These will help to provide a safe environment for your tenant as not doing this risks a serious fall hazard for the tenant or any other visitors if the property is vacant. Keeping pathways clear not only increases the ‘kerb appeal’ of your property, but also ensures that visitors are safe and secure when visiting, too.
  • Ensure that you as the landlord or your letting agent has sent a ‘Winter Letter’ to the tenant advising them to keep the heating on a constant temperature (minimum 16 degrees centigrade) to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze, to help the home provide a warm and safe environment for tenants living there.

If you’d like to discuss how to keep your tenanted property safe, secure, and in good condition during winter in more detail, please do pick up the phone or drop me a line on 0191 284 7171 or donnacheney@gfwletting.co.uk