With temperatures soaring during a longer, hotter summer than most of us can remember, there's one simple but essential piece of advice landlords need pass on to tenants.
UK landlords are old hands at dealing with property maintenance issues during our predictably cold and damp British winters. Boiler services, damp-proofing, roof repairs – the list goes on. They’re all familiar tasks on landlords’ to-do lists when the temperature drops.
Summer weather, on the other hand, tends to trigger fewer property issues – but there's one important one to watch out for.
With high temperatures encouraging all of us, including tenants, to keep our windows and doors open, landlords are warned not to leave the security and maintenance of their rented properties low on their priority list.
It’s understandable that tenants, like everyone else, want to let the breeze blow through their homes during the hot days and balmy nights. But going out and leaving open windows and doors unattended is the perfect situation for opportunistic burglars.
James Davis, founder of the online letting agency, Upad, explains:
“An open door or window provides a burglar with easy access to a property – indeed as many as 2 in 10 burglaries involve no forced entry at all.”
Of course, as the occupier, it’s the tenant’s responsibility to make sure the property is secured. But avoiding being burgled may rank lower down in their thoughts than keeping cool when the temperatures are so high.
Furnished or unfurnished, it’ll more than likely be the tenant’s property that’s stolen in the event of a burglary at a rental property. But it’s still something for landlords to keep on their radar.
If a tenant is burgled, the trauma may put them off renewing their lease. So what was the tenant’s problem becomes the landlord’s problem, with a possible gap in rental income to cover.
These simple recommendations from Upad are designed to help landlords secure their let property and their rental income:
While security is the most important consideration for landlords during this long hot summer, there’s another factor to consider – hosepipe bans can wreak havoc with the state of gardens.
If you have a garden maintenance plan in place, check whether you’ll need to update it if a ban does come into effect. It’s also worth having a chat with your tenants about the best way to keep your borders and beds in order when it's hot outside and water is scarce.
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