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Landlords urged to make homes winter-ready

  • December 8, 2023
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Landlords urged to make homes winter-ready

Online lettings platform lettingaproperty.com is urging landlords to make sure their properties are ready for the winter. It is issuing advice on how to tackle lettings over the colder months. “Preparing a rental property for winter can prevent problems cropping up throughout the colder months,” said, Jonathan Daines, Founder and CEO, lettingaproperty.com. “Doing so can deliver a more positive experience for renters while helping landlords to avoid unexpected bills and disruptive, stressful emergencies.”

The advice includes boilers, radiators, pipes, and more. All of these have the potential to be problematic if something goes wrong. As a failsafe measure, the company advises that landlords take out Home Emergency Cover but it also advises steps to mitigate any issues before they escalate.

For boilers, it recommends booking a service as early as possible, ensuring that everything works as it should. This can save on expensive callout charges and long wait times. Bleeding radiators is another important part of winter property prep, along with protecting pipes. The average cost of repairing water damage caused by burst pipes rose to £12,791 in 2022 – up from £8,663 in 2021, according to Zurich UK.

Landlords of vacant properties are advised to keep the heating on, ideally no lower than about 12°C. This would also reduce the risk of pipes bursting. It is crucial to check on vacant properties every couple of days, keeping a look out for condensation, damp, and black mould.

“Responsible property management is always important, but it takes on added urgency as temperatures plummet. We would advise any landlord who isn’t proactively preparing their rental properties for winter to start doing so as soon as possible,” Daines added.

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