For thousands of students across the country, term has ended and they will be preparing to move out of their student accommodation.
As a landlord, there is advice that you could be giving to your tenants BEFORE they move out of the property, as well as things to consider if the property is going to be vacant over the summer months.
Removing belongings from the property
If the tenancy is coming to an end, remind your student tenants of the importance of removing all of their belongings from the property. The last thing you want is for unwanted mattresses or broken TV’s to be left outside the property on the roadside.
2. Remind tenants to put the bins out often
With all this hot weather we have been having recently, it is even more important to make sure that tenants are frequently disposing of rubbish from their rooms, to avoid problems with flies and of course the dreadful smell that can come with a full bin.
It could be helpful to remind your tenants of which colour bin to put items in. If they make a start clearing their rooms now, it could save the problem of overflowing bins down the line.
3. Summer barbeque? Health and safety
Tenants may want to make the most of the hot weather we’ve been having recently, and celebrate the end of their exams by hosting a summer barbeque. If so, make sure they know to have a bucket of water at the ready for safety.
4. Property going to be empty over the summer? Make sure it is secure.
If the property is going to be empty for several months over the summer, then if you live locally then it is advisable that you pop round to the property if you can once or twice a week to check all is in tact. If you do not live locally to the property, then you could give your mobile number to the neighbours, who can alert you if any alarms at thew property sound over the summer period. General security advice also applies, for example you may want to have lights on timers. It sounds obvious, but make sure the whole of the property is locked up and ensure that post is pushed right through the letter box. Check out these further tips on how to keep your property secure.
5. Futher considerations to make when a property is empty
With properties that are left vacant for a long period of time, landlords must make sure that water is not allowed to stagnate within the water system. This is to minimize the risk of Legionella.
As a general principle, outlets on hot and cold water systems should be used at least once a week to maintain a degree of water flow and minimize the chances of stagnation. To manage the risks during non-occupancy, consideration should be given to implementing a suitable flushing regime or other measures such as draining the system if it is to remain vacant for long periods.
For more on Legionella, check out our helpful guide.
6. Planning on doing some decorating?
If you’re a student landlord, then summer is a great opportunity to do some decorating, and spruce up the property. Keeping up with things like this will ensure that the property doesn’t get run down. Don’t forget, RLA members are eligible to receive a FREE Tradepoint discount card, so you can make repairs and maintain the condition of your property for less of the cost.
7. Keep on top of the garden
Just because there may be no one living at the property, it is worthwhile keeping on top of the gardening as this could save you a lot of work down the line. Make sure the grass doesn’t get too long, as this could also indicate to others that the property is vacant and so could increase the risk of burglaries.