Tue 03 Sep 2019
Being a landlord when you have a great tenant often feels like a straightforward process. When things run smoothly, you would be forgiven for thinking that the landlord’s position will always be sincere. However, the real judge of how a landlord performs is often found in how a landlord reacts when problems arise.
Some situations need to be resolved quickly, landlords need to call on experts for help and guidance. As a landlord, it is sensible to develop skills you can utilise when required, often at short notice. However, it is also imperative landlords are aware of their limitations.
You cannot do everything as a landlord, and some tasks are out of your control. These are the situations where landlords need services and help in a hurry.
What to do if your boiler breaks down?
The boiler is integral to the running of a happy and healthy household. If the boiler in your rental property stops working, tenants will be unhappy. When a tenant isn’t pleased, landlords have to deal with complaints and threats about the tenant leaving or looking for a refund.
The introduction of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act earlier in 2019 ensures landlords must provide a suitable standard of home life. If tenants are unable to wash or prepare food because of a boiler issue, the landlord fails to give the tenants a suitable homelife.
Therefore, you need to act quickly, and knowing which local engineer you can trust makes a difference. It is unlikely you’ll have the skills to repair or replace your boiler yourself, so be smart, and call in a local expert.
You may also want to consider having boiler insurance in place for your rental property. Replacing or repairing a boiler is expensive, and having to do so places many landlords at financial risk. With boiler insurance cover, you can access the funds you need to ensure your rental property is of a suitable standard.
Is there a problem with your roof?
In summer, it is hard to imagine many problems arising in your property, but in autumns, problems arise quickly. If there is an issue with your roof, changing weather conditions in the autumn impact the quality of life in a rental property.
If wind or rain gets into your property, the property is colder and damper. There may be long-term issues from this problem, affecting the house and tenants. If you have a problem with your roof, it needs to be resolved as quickly as possible.
Savvy landlords liaise with roofing firms in summer to review their property, but if you haven’t managed this, you need to act quickly in September. The costs associated with leaving roofing problems to fester can be damaging to your business, and the damage to your reputation can be even more damning.
White goods are integral to everyday life
If you supply white goods to your tenant, you are responsible if these appliances stop working. Fridge freezers, cookers, washing machines and even microwaves are essential items. If they stop working, tenants may struggle to lead an expected quality of life, and this may place landlords under pressure.
You have a responsibility to repair or replace these items quickly, and again, this may be costly. Having insurance in place can provide you with breathing space, and it will be helpful to have a local handyman you trust to assist in these matters.
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We work closely with local based contractors, ensuring your property receives the best standard of care. We also offer emergency services, so if you’re looking for help in a hurry, we are the agents you can rely on.
If you are a Milnsbridge landlord looking to provide your tenants with a high standard of service, we can help. Book a valuation to ensure your price your property at an appropriate rate. No matter what help you need in reaching tenants, contact ADM Residential, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.
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