5 most common rental property repairs and issues

5 most common rental property repairs and issues

17th Mar, 2017

In an ideal world, properties would look after themselves and stay in tip top shape, but this often isn’t the case! Landlords and lettings agents sometimes have a tough job of maintaining a house. Jobs and repairs can crop up at any moment with no warning, making the task of maintenance very unpredictable.

So, it’s a good idea for you to be clued up on common maintenance issues, and more importantly, how to deal with them! And, if you budget for possible repairs and maintenance, you can save money to deal with these issues, rather than it coming as a surprise.

We take a look at the top 5 most common rental property repairs and issues, so you can be prepared when a tenant calls…

1.Appliances breaking
This is probably the top problem in any household. Refrigerators, washing machines, tumble dryers and vacuum cleaners are likely to be used most days, if not every day, which makes them an essential appliance. The frequency in which they are used, also unfortunately means that they are prone to breaking. No one wants to wait for an extended period of time to get these things up and running again, so it is important that as a landlord you’re on the ball, and get them fixed as soon as possible.

It may be that the appliance will cost too much to fix, and if this is the case, then buying a new one would be the most cost effective plan. Consider looking for a second hand product – it doesn’t have to mean it isn’t of high quality. If you look closely enough you could find something for half the price, and be as good as new!

2.Leaks
Leaks can occur all over a home! Whether it’s a leaky ceiling or tap, they are not something that is to be ignored. Water damage can affect carpets, floor boards, and walls. So, it is important that the leak is sealed up, before it becomes uncontrollable and you have extra damages to repair!

3.Decorating
Even though that this is an issue that may not seem as pressing as the others, in the eyes of the tenant it can be an important repair in the house. If the décor has become a bit outdated and tired looking, the tenant may put pressure on you to freshen it up. After all, you don’t want them to become unhappy with the property, so it is a good idea to handle it sooner rather than later!

4.No hot water
Hot water in a home is essential. If a boiler breaks down it can be a very distressing time for a tenant, particularly in winter. No hot water or heating means a very long and cold few winter months for your tenant. Therefore, we recommend having a reliable company on call to deal with these problems as soon as they possibly can.

5.Pest control
This is the least common problem within households, but it is still one to be aware of and be prepared for. It is not pleasant for anyone, to share your home with bugs or rodents, or having your property infested. The earlier this problem is tackled, the easier it is to deal with.

In some cases, it may be the tenants fault, in that their living conditions have attracted this unwanted attention. Therefore, it is a good idea to educate them on hygiene, as well as hiring pest control to deal with the issue. Checking and filling in holes, no matter how small, will deter pests returning to the property.

Every problem always has a solution, so don’t panic if any of these things crop up in your property. As long as you know how to deal with them, you can restore your own and your tenants happiness.  

If you are a landlord and are looking for potential new tenants we may be able to help in your search. Visit our website or call us, 01484 682999 to find out more!
 

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