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Storm Hector: Are your properties safe?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The Met Office has warned that Storm Hector will bring winds of up to 70mph.

Whilst the amber warning for the storm has expired, the Met Office have warned that Storm Hector will continue to bring disruptive winds to Northern parts of the UK, and a yellow wind warning is in place and is valid until 3pm.

Insurers may have been inundated with calls following the storm, 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. Having specialist landlord insurance for your buy to let property is highly recommended. Standard home insurance does not cover many of the risks of letting that full landlord insurance does and therefore your claim may be invalid. Don’t forget you can request a quote from RLA Insurance here. 

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.

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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