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Storm Eleanor: Make sure your tenants and their homes are safe

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley
Winds of 90mph have seen tens of thousands of homes left without power, ripped off roof tiles and felled trees and fences as Storm Eleanor wreaked havoc across the country overnight.

The Environment Agency has issued 65 flood warnings and dozens of alerts across the country.

And the UK Met Office said flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life and warned that buildings could be damaged and power lines could be cut by the storm.

Insurers are being inundated with calls and the RLA is now encouraging landlords to check their tenants and properties are safe.

Landlords should ideally visit the property if they can, or contact the tenant to ask if there are any problems – issues such as missing tiles and broken guttering can mean long term expensive repairs if not dealt with quickly.

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 storm has passed 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.

An amber weather warning for wind covering most of England, Wales and southern Scotland is expected to remain in place until around 6pm tonight, with gusts of 60mph to 70mph likely.

For more information on insurance for your rental properties ,contact RLA insurance on 0333 000 0169. You can also click here for a quote.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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