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Severe weather warning – are your tenants safe?

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days – with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

Earlier this year Storm Doris saw 94mph winds rip off roof tiles and fell trees – with insurance companies seeing claims rocket by 300%.

The RLA is now encouraging landlords to check their tenants and properties are safe ahead of the predicted storms.

Landlords should contact tenants to ask if there are any problems – issues such as loose or missing tiles and broken guttering. Fixing these now can help avoid long term expensive repairs.

If the worst does happen 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.

Once the high winds have died down it is a good idea to check up on all properties – including checks on guttering, roofs and fences for any structural damage that might put tenants at risk.

For more information on insurance for your rental properties contact RLA insurance on 0333 000 0169 or click here for a quote.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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