Many parts of the country experienced blustery conditions over the weekend, and the Met Office has issued a warning that Storm Gareth is set to batter parts of the country on Tuesday night.
Parts of England and Wales can expect to experience winds of up to 80mph overnight, with the Met Office also warning that parts of the country could experience short term loss of power.
Ahead of the storm, we have put together some top tips for landlords and property managers on how to prepare for stormy weather, as well as what you can do once a 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.
Strong winds due to #StormGareth bring the risk of travel disruption and short term loss of power for much of England and Wales as well as parts of Scotland through Tuesday night into Wednesday pic.twitter.com/xgSdnqnvo6— Met Office (@metoffice) March 11, 2019