A landlord’s guide to property upkeep

Maintenance tools for propertyEnsuring that your property is in good shape is part of being a landlord. This isn’t just a duty towards your tenants, it’s also an obligation to yourself. By performing thorough maintenance checks and routine repairs, you can avoid future hazards and potential disputes.

Here are five property maintenance tips to benefit you and your tenants.

1. Check, then double check

Every time a tenant moves out, don’t just give your property a quick once-over. Instead, carefully check the condition of everything. This will allow you to identify what needs fixing and which parts of the property may need attention in the future. Most importantly, this process gives you the ability to dodge future legal disputes and hefty expenses.

2. Schedule recurring inspections

After inspecting the property before new tenants move in, make sure to plan smaller inspections throughout the impending tenancy to avoid larger issues from developing/occurring in the future. This obviously doesn’t mean that you should knock on the door of your property every week to scrutinise small details like the basement’s creaky floorboards, but you should fulfil your responsibilities of making sure the heater is working well during the winter months and ensure that the rain gutter has no blockage issues. Home is where the heart is, so make sure you give your property consistent TLC.

3. Author a manual

Each property is unique, and each has its own quirks and special maintenance needs. Maybe the front door’s hinges need the occasional oiling, or they’ll rust and freeze. Or, perhaps every so often, the AC unit must be emptied of the water trapped inside its inner workings. You have knowledge of these specific responsibilities, but how should your tenants know if you don’t tell them? Be up front with them about these quirks and upkeep responsibilities that may seem obvious to you.

4. Be a quick responder

A text from your tenant pings your phone at 3am on a Tuesday with a message that indicates a problem with your property. If it’s not a serious issue, don’t feel the need to roll out of bed right there and then, but also don’t let the problem fester. Be sure to listen to your tenant’s needs and fix them before they become bigger issues. This allows for a positive relationship with renters and minimal costs on your end.

5. Get the right help

Despite doing everything you can to maintain your property, landlord-tenant disputes still come up that require legal assistance. Not all tenancies run smoothly, and that’s okay. Gain legal advice for landlords from Romain Coleman’s solicitors and get the help you need for everything from property disrepair to dilapidation claims.

For legal advice from our experienced landlord dispute solicitors, contact us today.