The Met Office has predicted strong winds throughout Friday, affecting the South West of England and South Wales in particular.
Winds are expected to be quite strong, so it is important that landlords -especially in the areas where the storm is likely to hit- take action NOW to prevent potential damage further down the line.
Here, we have put together some things that landlords can consider doing before the storm hits to minimize damage, and what landlords should do after the storm.
What should landlords do?
- Ensure that loose items such as wheelie bins, garden furniture and fence panels are secure.
- Following the storm, check your property for obvious signs of structural damage, such as lose roof tiles. It could be a good idea to ask if your tenants have noticed any damage to, so as to make sure they are safe.
- If the worst has happened, any structural damage to properties will need to be paid for through home insurance claims. Many firms will have 24-hour home emergency helplines that landlords and homeowners can call for advice on how to get repairs sorted as quickly as possible.
- Landlords are advised to take photographs of the damage and note down the time it took place so that insurers can tally this up with weather reports.
Remember the importance of insurance
- For more information on insurance for your rental properties contact RLA insurance on 0333 000 0169 or click here for a quote.
- For more practical winter property care tips, check out Rentguard’s Winter Property care guide here.
- Interested in learning more about Property Standards? The RLA is running a webinar on Tuesday 12th February. Free for RLA members, sign up here.