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Storm Erik-make sure your tenants and properties are safe

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

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

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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