Avoid a stormy tenancy

Following the UK’s recent bad weather ARLA is reminding tenants to be aware of who is responsible for what in the event of damage to a rented property.

Storm damage, power cuts and flooding can be unpleasant and stressful experiences for those involved, but familiarising yourself with your tenancy agreement can help ensure any problems are sorted as quickly as practically possible.

Susan Fitz-Gibbon, president of ARLA, said: “The recent bad weather has affected homes across the UK. As well as the inconvenience and expense suffered by homeowners, many tenants will have been caught up too, and it is essential that they know where their responsibilities lie if they do experience weather damage.

“Asking the right questions before you move into a rental property remains the best way to avoid future problems, but there are also a number of steps that one can take to allay concerns over the potential impacts of weather damage. In addition, I would always advise tenants ensure they fully understand the terms of the tenancy agreement and the responsibilities contained within it.”

ARLA has the following tips for those concerned about the effects of harsh winter weather on their rented home:

Tenants should always have access to relevant contact details if there is a problem with a rented home. It is always advisable to contact your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible if weather-related damage occurs.

If the responsible party cannot attend immediately, taking time-stamped pictures of any damage is a sensible course of action to ensure the details of the incident are accurately recorded.

In most cases landlords will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the building’s exterior of your building. However tenants should do everything they can to minimise damage, even if this is limited to reporting a problem as soon as it happens. Remember, any damage may be the subject of an insurance claim for the landlord.

Article courtesy of Mortgage Introducer

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