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 your tenants,” advised Jerry from Fast Action, emergency plumbers in Edinburgh. “Ensure you have the number of an emergency plumber and heating engineer so you can get this fixed quickly should you need to.”
2) Electricity supply
Like water and heating, electricity being disrupted can quickly turn from a minor inconvenience to a disaster. As a landlord you are responsible for ensuring issues like this are identified quickly. Establish as quickly as possible whether it’s a local issue or if there is something you need to do about it. All wiring also needs to be completely safe at all times.
3) Security issues
If there is a problem with the security of your property, then again it is up to you as the landlord to get it sorted. Whether there has been some kind of break-in, an accident of some sort or even if features are just getting outdated, you need to make sure all doors and windows are secure for your tenants. If anyone can get into the property without a key, or a key is missing, these need to be replaced.
If you are a landlord looking for someone to rent your house or flat, you will probably be concerned with how to find the best tenants. Problems such as unpaid rent, disruptive behaviour and failure to stick to the terms of your agreement will be things you want to avoid further down the line. However, it’s vital you remember that you have responsibilities too, and in cases like those mentioned above, it’s vital you stay on top of what you have agreed to.