Summer is a great time for social gatherings, outdoor activities and holidays, which can mean more maintenance and attention on your rental property will be needed compared to the rest of the year - for both landlords and tenants. Let’s have a look at how to make sure your property is safe and ready for the heat.
Clean up the garden
During the colder months, gardening may not be your top priority, but as spring and summer months hit, more effort will need to be put into your garden maintenance. Now you may wonder, who is responsible for the garden? In terms of basic garden maintenance such as clearing out any rubbish, trimming the grass and deweeding, the tenants are usually responsible and the terms should be included in the tenancy agreement. Meanwhile, landlords are responsible for structural issues such as large trees.
Cleaning the gutters on a good sunny day can avoid the headache of sorting leaky rooftop when it starts pouring again. So why not start removing accumulated branches and moss before it gets too overwhelming?
Install carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas, so they are just as important as smoke detectors. These alarms will come in handy during the summer when cookers are running all day with the garden party outside. Also, laws and regulations require all landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in their properties. Failure to meet the requirement could lead to hefty fines, which is not ideal.
Whilst you’re at the safety checks, don’t miss out on the boilers. Checking your boiler system, pressure indicator and radiators while it’s not constantly in use can avoid unpleasant surprises as autumn arrives.
Build a burglar-proof home
Burglary rates tend to spike during hotter months. Garden parties and barbecues often mean more guests are coming in and out of the property and sheds are more likely to be left open, so it is crucial to check the shed door, windows and walls. Plus, don’t forget to keep valuable items out of sight through windows or keep the blinds down to prevent potential burglars from seeing inside - don’t make yourself an easy target!
Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it is always good to have someone to keep an eye on the property and act as a point of contact before you go on holiday, in case of an emergency. A trusted friend or family member would be helpful, as they can facilitate communications whilst you’re away enjoying a pina colada.
Fight the damp
It can get rather humid and damp during the summer. Moisture in buildings can be caused by leaking pipes, rising damp in basements or ground floors, or rain seeping in because of damage to the roof or around window frames.
Although it might not have the same effect on everyone, having damp and mould in your home will increase the likeliness of having respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system. Therefore, establishing a good airflow in the property before mould or mildew kick in is key. Make sure you check every room in the property and try to keep doors and windows open for better ventilation whenever possible - but do remember to close them when you are out!
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