Property Management

Weather warning – make sure your tenants are safe

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Parts of the UK are set to be battered by Storm Caroline on Friday, as the Met office has issued a yellow weather warning.

Winds of up to 80mph are expected, together with icy conditions and even snow in some parts of the country. The RLA is mobilizing members to make sure that their tenants and properties are safe if and when the bad weather hits.

I’m a landlord, what should I be doing BEFORE the storm hits?

With the storm set to bring with it snow and ice, there are plenty of things that landlords can do to make sure that their properties are protected against winter damage.

These include inspecting the property to make sure that the roof, including slates and the eaves, are all safe. It’s also important to check that guttering is clear from leaves and debris, because blocked gutters can lead to excess water which can freeze to form dangerous patches of ice. More on your responsibility as a landlord to clear out the gutters can be found in a recent Call of the Week.

If you have a property with an open fire, it is also a good idea to make sure that the chimney has been swept.

For more on preparing for ice and snow click here.

What should I do after the storm

Ideally, landlords should visit the property themselves to see if any damage has been done, or make contact with the tenant to ask if there are any problems such as broken guttering or missing tiles. If these are not dealt with quickly, it can lead to long term expensive repairs.

If the worst does happen 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.

For more information on insurance for your rental properties ,contact RLA insurance on 0333 000 0169. Up until the end of this year, when you request a quote from RLA Insurance you can be in with a chance of winning £1000 worth of Tradepoint vouchers. Click here for a quote.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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