Storm Erik is set to batter some parts of the country this weekend, with some parts of the country set to experience 70mph winds and heavy rain.
The Met Office has issued a weather warning in some areas, with gale force winds predicted to hit the northern and western areas of the UK.
If you are a landlord with properties in these areas, it is a good job to check up on both your tenants and properties.
Here we have put together some tips for landlords on how they can prepare for stormy weather, and what you can do once the storm has passed.
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.