Property Maintenance

Emergency Repairs On Your Rental Property

Emergency Repairs On Your Rental Property

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance
As a landlord, there are plenty of potential headaches that are easily avoidable regardless of who your tenants are. If you are a landlord it is your responsibility to ensure your property is always kept up to a high enough standard for people to live in comfortably and according to what you have agreed. Emergency repairs may be necessary from time to time, although it can be tricky to judge what counts as an emergency if you’re inexperienced. Here are some examples of times when it would be the responsibility of the landlord to implement a fix as soon as possible. 1) Emergency plumbing and heating "As we all know, the weather can take a toll on a property and its occupants. When it’s freezing cold and your property’s boiler needs servicing, this can be classed as an emergency for yo
Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance, Tenant Advice
Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, nobody wants to end up fighting over whose responsibility it is to fix a particular problem with their rental property. However, in many cases it can be inevitable because things have not been decided clearly enough in advance. In all cases, the best thing to do is ensure you have a written agreement that both parties sign, meaning that in future you can refer back to your document and establish who needs to deal with a particular issues as and when it crops up. However, it can be tricky to know where to start when drawing up your agreement. Here are a few ideas of where the responsibility lies for a few specific examples. The landlord is normally responsible for... - Emergency plumbing and heating repairs, such as when there is no hot water
Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?

Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?

Property Maintenance
You might find yourself taking on a lot of odd jobs yourself if you’re maintaining your own property to rent out or sell on. Depending on your experience, sometimes it’s faster and cheaper to simply put your mind to a task and get it done without the hassle of hiring a professional. However, when it comes to plumbing, you might want to reconsider getting the job done by a plumber who knows their trade best. On the one hand, you can indeed save time by getting the job done yourself. When you factor in the time spent looking up ideas of who to call, following up references, negotiating a deal, finding a time that suits both parties to complete the work, waiting for payment to go through, not even accounting for any possible delays, it can take much longer to have professionals tradesmen c