Providing a comprehensive property management service is a challenge faced by all property owners, domestic or commercial. Maintenance issues occur within properties of all sizes and if it is tenanted, the owner bears the responsibility to take care of the building and its contents’ repairs if broken. A landlord should be prepared for two types of attendances, emergency: e.g. an uncontrollable leak, and routine: e.g. an Annual Gas Safety Check. This tasks are either completed by the landlord or they should assign an appropriate maintenance company to attend.
In this blog Saunders will present the types of property issues, compliance inspections required and energy good practices, as well as why it is important to keep on top of them.
It is in the property owner’s best interest to keep their own equipment well maintained. There is no way of knowing the type of tenant that will inhabit the property or whether they will use proper care or simply neglect the equipment. Putting together a periodic maintenance and services plan for the entire electrical and gas content of the property will ensure any misuse, or wear and tear can be detected sooner and rectified before break down occurs; a break down that could be more costly and generate more hassle to both tenant and Landlord.
Emergencies & cover plans
Emergencies can occur anytime with no warning, and in most cases will require immediate attention. It is not limited to the breakdown of electrical or gas power equipment inside of the property, but the property’s outer fabric as well, so it can be anything from a dislodged roof tile to a leaking pipe.
It is a good idea for Property owners to have fall backs in place, such as property maintenance cover plans. Occasionally there could be repair requests that you yourself cannot attend to, you may be on holiday or it might be out of your skill set. Some maintenance companies will offer comprehensive property management which include routine building and content maintenance as well as emergency repairs. So both the Landlord and tenants are covered in times of crisis.
The Gas Safety check is possibly the most talked about compliance responsibilities of any Landlord, or property manager. It is required annually by law, and to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. There is a minimum safety standard that must be met for a property to be deemed gas safe. So it is in the interest of property manager as it keeps them on the right side of the law, as well as giving their tenants peace of mind. Learn more on Gas Safety Checks now.
Most rental accommodation is inclusive of white goods as it is considered a basic amenity and therefore attracts interest of potential tenants. As the property owner, you have a duty of care over the tenants’ safety whilst using your electrical equipment in the property. It is recommended that landlords should check all electrical appliances and electrics before the start of a tenancy and periodically thereafter. Government figures show that faulty electrical appliances caused 12,000 fires in Britain from January 2011 to March 2014, domestic and commercial premises alike. With washing machines topping the list causing 1,723 fires, electrical inspections should not be over looked. Office amenities such as a toaster, kettle and fridge should also be inspected as part of statutory compliance. Every year there are fatalities that could have been prevented, don’t let your tenants become one of those figures. Learn more on Electrical Safety now.
Many full time property owners are well skilled in DIY, plumbing and electrical repairs, some are not. For those owners that do not have the time or skills to manage or ensure your tenants are living in safe, secure and well-maintained accommodation or business premises; you may wish to employ one or multiple maintenance providers to cover all compliance inspections and repair services.
In most tenanted accommodation, energy consumption is not a concern for the property owner as the occupiers pay their own gas and electrical bills. However, with energy prices ever changing and growing concerns for climate change, making sure your property is energy efficient is more important than ever. Energy efficiency of the property can be improved to provide savings on tenants’ energy bills. Key things to look at can be the roof, cavity insulation, and pipes connected to the hot water system to ensure they are covered in lagging, all of these will improve the energy efficiency and keep your tenants loyal. If you are looking to save more energy and money around the home, click here.