With winter just around the corner, many of us may be feeling the chill. For landlords, winter and cooler weather can bring with it a range of new challenges and considerations. We’ve put together a handy list of things to be mindful of during the change of seasons.

1. Check your gutters

Falling autumn leaves make for a beautiful view, but they can cause damage if left unattended in gutters and lead to blockages. The landlord’s responsibility is to make sure the gutters don’t cause issues with plumbing or otherwise interfere with the tenancy. It is also worth noting that a lack of maintenance on gutters may void the home and contents or landlord insurance policy.

2. Ensure your tenancy is fulfilled

In the eyes of insurers, the longer a property is uninsured, the more likely damages like burglary, water leaks, and fire can occur. Ensure that you keep your insurer in the loop of any vacancies at your property and check the wording on your policy with your broker to ensure that you’re covered between leases.

3. Heating

If your property uses gas for heating and hot water, or if you have a wood heater on the property, the beginning of the cooler months can be an ideal time to double-check the safety of the heating appliances. Gas appliances should be serviced using an approved agent or licensed gas fitter, and regular cleaning of the heater flue, if you have one, can be ideally timed before the cooler weather. 

4. Check your roof

The roof maintenance of a rental property is the responsibility of the owner or property. After an autumn of heavy rains, ensuring the integrity of the roof is an obvious decision. Any water that has come in from recent weather can cause water damage or mould on the property, and insurance coverage is often limited if regular maintenance isn’t carried out. 

5. Ventilation and Air Circulation

A damp period of weather can often mean your property isn’t drying out properly, and if that’s coupled with poor ventilation, it can mean perfect conditions for mould. Periods of high humidity and low ventilation are when mould is most likely to occur, which is often seen as the weather becomes cooler and damper. 

It’s worth noting that any serious issue with mould due to an issue in the premises, like a leak, is the landlord’s responsibility. If it is due to the tenant limiting air circulation or from spills that haven’t been addressed, it falls to the tenant. Ensuring your property has adequate ventilation (checking bathroom and laundry fans, making sure heating and cooling systems work) can go a long way in preventing mould issues in the property.  

6. Check your insurance & services 

Reviewing your insurance seasonally is always a good idea, especially in the wake of significant weather events in many parts of the country. The review can include ensuring your level of coverage is up to date to prevent underinsurance and making sure your property manager or tenants have a clear understanding of the steps to take in the event of a property emergency. It could also include making sure your list of approved tradespeople is updated.

Published On: May 20th, 2022 / Categories: News /

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