Tenants – How to maintain your rental property this winter!

Tenants – How to maintain your rental property this winter!

As the cold months continue to draw on, with darker nights and frosty mornings there is a lot to think about when considering the maintenance of your property. This is even more imperative if you are a tenant in a rental property! The colder months present a series of significant risks to rental properties, all of which could lead to costly problems. But by taking some time to check over your property now, you can help to ensure a relaxing, disaster-free winter. As a landlord and tenant protection service, Van Mildert work to ensure that the smooth running of the rental property market and when we can like to offer advice for those involved. This winter, we wanted to offer our advice to tenants about what you can do to maintain your rental property this winter, ensuring your home’s security and condition with these few simple steps…

1. Keep your property warm and dry

One of the most important things you’ll need to do this winter is check all the radiators and the central heating are in good working order! If anything is faulty, you’ll need to pass this information on to your landlord or letting agent so they can manage the problem.

Alongside heating maintenance, it is also essential to be vigilant and look out for condensation and damp within the property as this could develop into mould and cause serious problems. You can protect against mould by keeping your home well-ventilated, leaving windows open and using extractor fans in bathrooms. Essentially aim to keep your property warm and dry! Here it a list of 10 ways to keep your house warm.

2. Gutters and drains

In autumn, leaves can collect in gutters and drains, leading to blocks and overflows – so it’s best to clean them regularly. Consider investing in gutter leaf guards to help prevent your gutters becoming blocked in future. In winter, clear your gutters and drains from debris such as leaves and mud to minimise the risk of water damage.

3. Check the roof

It’s also good to check the roof, especially after windy weather. If tiles are dislodged or cracks appear, this can be dangerous and also affect the energy efficiency of the property. If you are unable to access your roof be sure to contact your landlord if you feel there is cause for concern.

4. Pipes

Frozen pipes is another hazard in your rental property during winter! When water pressure builds up behind a frozen section of pipework, the pipe can burst potentially causing flooding. Therefore, it is important that you check all external pipes for breaks, leaks, and blockages. Make sure that all pipes are in good order, and that they are properly secured to the walls. You should also check the brickwork around your property for cracks, which could potentially allow water in.

5. Security

As the evenings draw in, it’s important to make sure your property’s security is up to scratch! If you inhabit a rental property but are likely to leave it unoccupied to return home for Christmas festivities and so on ensure you take precaution to ensure you are not an easy target for thieves. Make sure your home looks occupied. Setting the heating and lighting to come on regularly each day will help to prevent pipes freezing (especially if the house is empty for a few days or more), and scheduling a lamp or two to come on with a timer will help to deter any potential thieves or squatters. Also, making sure your property has the correct number of blinds/curtains and adequate security features such as working door and window locks will also help to avoid potential pre-Christmas break-ins.

If you’re proactive, you can really help to maintain the property to make sure you’re warm and comfortable over the winter months. Be aware that maintaining a good relationship with your landlord means that they’re more likely to help you keep the property in good condition! Be sure to inform them if there is an issue with the property so that it can be rectified as efficiently as possible!

If you are a tenant or landlord Van Mildert is here to help! If you are interested with any of the services that we have on offer here at Van Mildert, then please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or to make an enquiry. We would love to hear from you!