With winter here, now is a good time of year for Landlords to assess any potential or existing issues at their rental properties.
Winter’s seasonal climates could increase maintenance issues, cause damage, and put a tenant’s safety at risk. Consider undertaking a winter related property maintenance analysis as part of your periodic property inspections.
One of the most common winter household maintenance issues is blocked gutters. This can cause leaking and water damage after a heavy downpour. Landlords should check that gutters are free from leaves, twigs and other debris to avoid water related damage to the property.
Roofing and eaves
Check for cracked or loose roof panels and tiles before the weather turns. This can cause leaking and water damage which can quickly spread to other areas of the property following a winter storm. Also look for rotting or water damaged eaves, as they can lead to salt damp or mould issues on interior and exterior walls.
Trees and shrubs
Loose or dead branches or trees should be cut back. Landlords should check with neighbouring property owners of shared or boundary fences in case of overhanging branches, as they may be a shared responsibility.
Heating and hot water
A tenant’s comfort in a property can often determine if they have a fantastic rental experience. Checking the hot water system is running efficiently could save tenants money in energy bills and help keep them happy. Consider servicing their investment property’s heating and hot water systems before winter.
Condensation and mould
During winter, damp and mould can worsen due to condensation caused by heated roofs with poor ventilation and wet clothes drying inside. Landlords should pay close attention to wet areas during property inspections and act quickly if mould appears to be growing.
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Written by Penny Callanan, Principal of Property Management