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.
❄️ With cold Arctic air moving south across the UK later this week, #snow showers ❄️are expected for some of us. Here are the forecast accumulations for Friday and Saturday ❄️ pic.twitter.com/FzzSmQeVtr
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 5, 2017
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.
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