Blog 2 (Winter Property)

Maintaining your rental property this winter!

22nd September 2018

Heading into winter, we need to prepare ourselves for a few cold months ahead. But what about our property? What can you do as the tenant and what may you need to make the landlord/letting agent aware of?

You should keep the property warm and dry

First things first, you will have to check all of the radiators and central heating are working. As the tenant, chances are this isn’t your responsibility if there are any problems, however it is your responsibility to let the landlord/letting agent know so they can do something about it.

Another thing you will also have to keep a look out for is condensation and damp as this can lead to mould. Mould can lead to more serious problems for yourself and the property if left so it is advised that if you see any signs of potential mould or damp then let your landlord/letting agent know as soon as possible.

To avoid damp and mould you should keep the property warm and dry while maintaining ventilation. This could be as simple as opening windows and using extractor fans. If you feel you need an extractor fan, your landlord may be happy to provide you with one as it benefits their property long-term and prevents potential damage.

Maintaining the garden and the outside of the property

As well as looking after the inside of your home, you should also be looking after the outside of your home. During the winter period one of the biggest potential problems will be frozen, damaged or leaky pipes. You should keep an eye out for any signs of these as they may turn into bigger problems if left. You can prevent such problems by providing pipes with insulation before the winter weather.

It’s also a good idea to check the roof often for missing tiles or cracks on the building. As small as it may look this can turn into a big problem if left untreated.

You should make sure you clear debris and leaves from Autumn. General maintenance to the garden to make sure any greenery doesn’t get too overgrown.

Another major issue for the winter period is clogged drains and overfilled gutters. You will want to make sure that drains and gutters allow water to run freely to prevent any build ups leading to more problems. I suggest doing this before we move into the winter season as it will be safer and a lot more easier due to weather conditions.

What jobs should you allow the landlord to take care of?

As the tenant, you should be looking after your rental property regularly and carrying out regular maintenance. However there are somethings you should let the landlord/letting agent know and leave for them to sort out:

  • Central heating, radiator and boiler issues
  • Building structure or roof problems
  • Replacing drains and pipes
  • Any major repairs
  • Situations that you feel may put you at risk or out of safety
  • Anything that concerns Electricity, Gas or water

I suggest checking the whole of the property out before winter as it will prevent problems from getting worse and get you ready for the cold winter months. If you are ever unsure about anything you should contact your landlord/letting agent as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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