Landlords can often find that winter is the busiest period of the year, largely because tenants may experience the most problems. Many of the problems that will arise at this time of the year will be quick fixes, or even things you can deal with in advance, but as a landlord, it’s important to know what’s likely to go wrong. Here, we take a look at the five most common problems that tenants might face in the colder weather.
Draughts are particularly problematic in the winter months thanks to the wind chill factor, and the fact that tenants will see their heating bills creep up, so it can be a good idea in advance to put insulating strips around the windows and doors before the cold weather really kicks in.
Boilers never seem to break down throughout the year, but when winter comes and people need them most, they always seem to decide that it’s time for a little TLC and a repair. This can be infuriating and frustrating for
tenants, but as a landlord, you can help by having someone qualified on call to help them get their heating back in working order as soon as possible.
The biggest issue with frozen pipes is that they have the potential to lead to much larger problems when they thaw, exposing cracks caused by the ice and leaving homes flooded. The best course of action is to advise tenants how having the heating on regularly can help to avoid this issue in advance.
Another problem that is exacerbated by winter weather is loose roof tiles. When leaks occur, it’s absolutely vital to get them patched as soon as possible.
It’s always a good idea around winter to just trim trees back a little and make sure they are in good condition for withstanding some of the worst weather.