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The curious case of being a landlord

Being a landlord can offer remarkable returns, although it is important to recognize the possible problems and how to solve them whilst staying up to date with relevant laws and legislation such as the Housing Act (2004). In the UK, tenants have legal rights that should be violated as this can result in legal action. Landlords should always ensure a healthy budget is set aside to pay for maintenance and repairs to properties that are necessary to abide by government regulations. It is essential to stay up to date with adjustments to the laws and regulations because failing to comply may lead to a fine or a jail sentence. In instances where landlords neglect rental properties and any necessary repair work which affects the health and safety, local authority possibly will issue an improvement notice that obliges landlords to act. To minimise accidents and help you to preserve healthier relations with tenants, it is much safer to tackle any concerns instantly. It might be useful to make sure tenants have access to information including a number that they can contact anytime so they can get in touch in case of any emergencies or queries.

One of the greatest pains a landlord could face is an emergency. In that case, landlords must be prepared for the essential repairs to avoid any potential loss to the residents. For instance,fire is an emergency that all landlords fear because it could result in deaths or utterly damage the property. Landlords must comply with all fire regulations e.g., frequently checking smoke alarms and appliances to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents. Landlords are legally required yearly to organize gas safety inspections by a certified engine. If your property has an ageing boiler, switching to a newer and energy-efficient model can reduce energy use and improve safety. Water leaks may result in severe destruction of the property requiring emergency repairs. Landlords should make sure that property pipework is properly maintained as well as protected wherever needed.  It is highly recommended to take precautionary measures during winter and inspect all plumbing before new residents occupancy. It is also important to make sure that the roof and gutters are appropriately maintained because an overflow could lead to serious damage. Failure to instantly fix such issues may result in expensive repairs to correct the problem later. 

At Handyfox, we provide maintenance and repairs services to help landlords and homeowners deal with emergencies or keep their properties maintained to ensure the health, safety and security of residents. Whether you need assistance with your plumbing, electric, cleaning, carpentry or painting, check out our website or call us to find out more about how we can help!

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