How to prevent emergency property issues as a landlord  How to prevent emergency property issues as a landlord 

How to prevent emergency property issues as a landlord 

Emergency property issues aren’t good for tenants or landlords, and the best way to safeguard against these potential nightmares is to take preventative measures before they arise.

No. 2789 from our magazine|2 min read| Published in Magazine on 21 December 2022 by our Marketing Team

Then you can sleep soundly at night in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to drastically decrease the odds of a costly, dangerous, or life-threatening emergency. 
 
Carry out these safety checks regularly 
 
Gas: A Gas Safety Certificate is a legal annual requirement. It’s perhaps the most obvious and well-known of all home safety certificates, but it’s less known that it applies to all gas appliances, not just your gas boiler. 
 
Electrical: All fixed electrical appliances need to be inspected and tested every five years by a qualified electrician. 
 
Don’t forget the fuse box: If you are letting your property, you might find that the existing fuse box is obsolete and does not meet current safety standards, so it’s best to check this with a qualified electrician. 
 
Smoke alarms: It’s not expensive, and it’s a legal requirement that there’s one installed on every floor. The potential damage caused without them can be catastrophic, cause death, and if fitted and not correctly maintained, can affect insurance coverage. 
  
Plumbing 
 
Drains: Blocked drains cause flooding, which in some cases leads to costly repairs and uninhabitable homes. Prevention is simple – all you need is a bottle of drain cleaner, which you can buy from any supermarket. 
 
Pipes: Insulating pipes is another inexpensive way to prevent a potentially hugely costly disaster. In winter, pipes contract in the cold and then heat up once in use. This repeated process can cause them to crack, leading to an even bigger leakage of money! 
  
Regular inspections 
It’s always a wise move to have a clause in your tenancy agreement that, with written permission requested, you can inspect your rental property within 24 to 48 hours. You can’t legally enter the property without the permission of the tenant, and this allows you to regularly check the state of your property should you feel the need to do so. 
  
Landlord insurance  
Differing greatly from conventional house insurance, a private residence policy will not cover you if you let your property. A good landlord insurance policy is worth every penny in the face of devastating risk; it covers damage, loss of rent, and legal expenses, plus almost anything else you feel could be a risk. A good conversation with a reputable insurance company is time well spent in order to find the right level of cover to protect your investment property. 
  
Make it happen 
Taking these measures now will keep your rental property safe and keep you informed of any maintenance or repair issues that may be on the horizon before they become major issues, so in terms of investment, they are no brainers! The good news is that all of this can be carried out by professionals, from insurance brokers, gas engineers to electricians. Getting in touch now with the right people won’t take long and could save you a lot of money! 
  
Need help finding the right tenants for your property? Contact us today. 
 

This article was originally published by BriefYourMarket and is reproduced here with their permission.

For more company news and insights from Pygott & Crone, click here

Members of the Relocation Agent Network

Part of a network of agents

We work with other trusted estate agents across the nation

Latest news

Are there benefits to overpaying a mortgage?
Magazine | 24 January 2023

Are there benefits to overpaying a mortgage?

If you have streamlined your spending and examined where and how you can save, you might find that you have a little leftover.

Fall in love with your home this February
Magazine | 24 January 2023

Fall in love with your home this February

It’s important to love your home.

Fall in love with your rented property this February
Magazine | 24 January 2023

Fall in love with your rented property this February

You want to treat your partner this Valentine’s Day.

Get your home ready for spring with this checklist
Magazine | 24 January 2023

Get your home ready for spring with this checklist

Spring is still a month away and the longer, lighter days of summer breeze are even further in the future.

Chat live

Chat live with a member of staff

Please provide your name and email address to continue.

Cookies

We use some essential cookies to make our website work; and we use some other cookies to help us improve our website without identifying you. You can accept all cookies or change your settings below.

For an explanation of cookies and how we use them, see our cookie policy here (opens in new tab). Below you can choose to enable non-essential cookies.

These are anonymous and help us understand how our website is used.