Whether you are taking your first steps into the world of property letting or even a seasoned pro, it will always help to have a guide along the way. So here is our handy Landlords Guide to Property Maintenance, for all things concerning building maintenance and upkeep of your rental property.
As a landlord, regular inspections and routine maintenance of your rental property are a great way to keep in touch with your tenants and ensure that your property is being well looked after. It is essential to know that your tenants are safe and happy, and that your property meets all the necessary legal requirements.
If you haven’t checked already, here are a few things as a landlord you are legally responsible for:
- Safe electrical fixtures and fittings
- Routine gas and boiler inspections
- The property’s exterior, including guttering, roofing and chimneys
- That your property is safe, free from hazards, and in generally good condition
The majority of ongoing maintenance work will concern these points and meeting the legal standards set. Failure to address any issues at an early stage can lead to any number of problems and will often become more expensive the longer they are left.
Whether you are preparing your property for new tenants, or you’re carrying out an inspection, these are a few points for your consideration:
- Boilers, central heating and radiators checking for leaks, and that they function as expected through heating and hot water
- Carpets and flooring checking for any damage, hazards, stains, dirt, and general wear and tear
- Doors, walls and windows any evidence of damp or mould should be addressed, and any damage may lead to a tenant’s discomfort, checking that locking mechanisms and handles are fully functional
- Light switches, sockets and power points checking for any tampering or damage, and full working order
- Locks should any locks become unusable or simply do not work, they need to be changed or repaired immediately
In the Kitchen
Often referred to as the heart of the home, the kitchen needs to be assessed for cleanliness and hygiene, and that fixtures and appliances are safe from electrical, gas, and plumbing issues.
- Dishwasher and washing machine looking for any mould or rotting seals, any leaks, and checking for blockages within the plumbing
- Fridge/freezer checking cleanliness and functionality
- Hob and oven check for leaks of gas powered ovens and hobs, a dirty oven can be a potential health hazard
- Sink a well-maintained sink basin is essential to the family home, taps should be fixed and functional, and drains checked for blockages
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is a water focussed room, therefore checking all aspects of plumbing and pipework becomes essential, not only for your tenants’ happiness but also to prevent any large problems from arising.
- Bath/shower a clean and sealed unit will be a necessity for any tenant
- Sink check all connecting drainage, and taps for leaks and damage
- Toilet the number one candidate for any blockages!
As landlord you are legally responsible for all aspects of the property’s exterior and maintenance.
- Drains check for, and clear blockages
- Fencing and walls checking to see if they are structurally safe and cannot cause any harm to tenants – or even yourself!
- Guttering needs to be clear, and securely fixed
- Roof check for any missing tiles or gaps that may lead to leaks and damp, and checking to make sure nothing is going to become loose or fall – we also suggest looking from the attic
If having read through our Landlords Guide to Property Maintenance, you have come across an area that needs some attention, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01206 396667 for professional advice and a no-obligation chat.
When you work with John O’Connell Building Solutions, you can be assured that we are a Constructionline accredited contractor and approved for Local Authority contracts. We will only ever use Gas Safe and NICEIC qualified contractors and our workforce includes our own fully insured team of building professionals who work to safe and clean site standards.
We hope that you have found this useful.