KINGS ESTATES TOP TIPS FOR TENANTS THIS CHRISTMAS
With winter fast approaching, the cold weather can be more than a discomfort for tenants. Not only can it be expensive, but It can also have some unwanted repercussions for both tenants and landlords as well.
Whilst it is vitally important that landlords carry out basic winter maintenance it is equally essential that tenants are well informed as to what they can do to keep their rented property safe. Here are some of our top tips to help tenants get through winter unscathed.
Contact Details Of Your Landlord Or Agent / Out Of Hours Process
If you don't already have these, ask. It is especially important to have this information during winter because of the Christmas period, where agents may shut for the festive break. Make sure you know who and how to contact the correct parties should something go wrong, and what processes to follow should you live in a managed property.
Where Is The Stopcock Located?
If there is a burst pipe or other emergency related to plumbing you should be aware of where to turn off the mains water supply. If you don't know how to do this, now is the time to find out!
How Does The Heating Work?
I'm sure you are aware of how the heating comes on and off at certain times but make sure you know exactly how the heating system functions. It is best to leave the heating on low if you are thinking about being away from the property for Christmas and the New Year period or set the timer so that the heating continues to come on regularly whilst you are away.
If you are going to be absent from the property at times during the festive break, timed lighting is a great way to deter burglars. If you don't have any timers, it may be a good idea to get some as additional protection for the property when you are not there.
Whilst you may know where the fuse box is, it's a good idea to keep a torch somewhere handy so that if there is a blown fuse or a switch trips, you can find your way to it easily without having an accident.
Condensation is the bane of most tenants and landlords lives! It occurs usually in rooms that do not have sufficient ventilation or heating and in poorly insulated properties. In the winter, condensation problems are worse and cause mould to form, which in turn damages paintworks, fixtures, and fittings. Maintaining an even temperature in your property will greatly assist in reducing condensation.
Frozen pipes can be a major headache and can lead to leaks and a whole host of issues. One thing that can help is to make sure the heating is maintained and ensuring it comes on at regular intervals or is left on a low temperature. This will reduce the potential of the pipes becoming frozen.
These are just a few general tips to help tenants get through the winter period unscathed. If you have any other suggestions or questions, please free free to drop me an email or give me a call on 01892 533 367.