As a landlord, you spend a lot of time fixing problems. Smart and savvy landlords are proactive, solving problems before tenants realise there is an issue. There is a lot to be said for being proactive, as this saves you time as well as money.
However, it isn’t possible to be proactive about every problem. Sometimes, you only realise there is an issue when it becomes all too apparent. Also, there are times when you need to rely on others for help. A lot of landlords like to dabble in DIY, but for major issues in or around the home, you need to call on qualified professionals.
At Bond Oxborough Phillips, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. We are pleased to say we have helped many local landlords in a vast array of topics, but there are some emergencies where landlords need to turn to the experts to resolve the problem.
If your boiler breaks, you need to repair it quickly
Of all the key appliances in a rental property, few matter as much as the boiler. When this appliance is working correctly, you don’t give it a second thought. However, as soon as a problem arises, it becomes the biggest issue, and it could cause landlords serious problems.
The cost of replacing or repairing a broken boiler is expensive. If you don’t have suitable insurance in place, you will have to find a lot of money at short notice to get the house back up and running. While being a landlord is expensive, sometimes costs like insurance are more than justified when you consider the costs of not having it in place.
However, the real cost in not repairing or replacing a broken boiler could be a court case. When a boiler isn’t working, the tenant may not be able to wash themselves, their clothes or prepare their food properly. This may constitute a situation which breaches the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, which came into force of March 2019.
If a landlord breaches the Act, the tenant has the right to sue the landlord. Most landlords are motivated to avoid this, which means replacing or repairing a broken boiler is a priority.
Is your roof in good order?
If you hold responsibility for the roof at your property, you need to ensure it is in good condition. In autumn, changeable weather conditions cause problems if there is a hole in your roof or it is not as reliable as it should be.
If wind and rain get in, the rental property can feel miserable. There could be damage to the home and the health of tenants may be put at risk. As a landlord, you need to avoid these outcomes, so call on a qualified roofer as quickly as possible to ensure your roof stands up to challenging weather conditions.
At Bond Oxborough Phillips, we are here to help local landlords. If you would like to have your rental property valued, we offer this service, so get in touch to book a valuation. Whatever assistance you require, we are here to help you.