The recent snowfall has been great fun for many, with schools closed, children building snowmen and playing with their friends in the snow.

But for landlords, severe winter weather can pose a major challenge when trying to deal with urgent maintenance issues.

I have said before that having a good network of trade contacts is essential for a landlord, and that is even more important when the snow hits and you need an emergency plumber in the middle of the night!

The cold weather also highlights the importance of having well-maintained heating systems and boilers.

Landlords are legally responsible for ensuring all gas appliances are safe, and every appliance must be inspected as per their manufacturer’s instructions, or I would recommend once every 12 months.

The inspections must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer, and it’s always a good idea to get those inspections planned into your calendar when you first start letting a property.

You don’t really want to be trying to contact plumber in the grip of winter when they will be busy rushing to emergency jobs, because boilers have a habit of breaking down when the snow falls!

For more advice about property management in Kidderminster and Worcestershire, give me a call on 01562 745082.



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