Summer is here and that often means holidays. If you know your tenants are going on their big summer vacation, there are a few things you may wish to do before they leave.
- Check your insurance
Make sure your landlord insurance is up-to-date and covers the property while tenants are away. You never know what might happen and when, so it’s best to be covered and prepared for anything. It may be a good idea to encourage your tenants to get contents insurance, if they haven’t already.
If you don’t have landlord insurance, we urge you to get it. NLA members can get discounts on NLA Property Insurance.
- Remind the tenants to turn everything off at the socket
The fridge should remain on (and hopefully empty of anything that may go off while the tenants are away), but everything else should be switched off at the socket. If it’s possible, the plug should be removed to ensure no residual charges flow through the appliance. And if they’re not already registered with Register My Appliance, it’s a good idea to do so. That way they can alert you to any product recalls and provide you with appliance care advice to pass on to your tenants.
- Ask the tenant if you can do maintenance work
Completing maintenance work is necessary and can cause less hassle if you can do it when your tenants are away – especially if there are any larger, more time-consuming things that need to be done. Summer is the perfect time to ensure the property is winter-proof and in top condition. An added bonus of doing this is the property won’t look empty, which is good for you and your tenants.
- Make sure everything is locked
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but with the recent heatwave, having windows open all day and night may have become second nature to your tenants. This means that some smaller windows, like in the bathroom, may get forgotten in the dash to get to the airport or train station. Remind your tenants that, while airing out the property is a good thing, all windows and doors need to be closed when no one is home.
This is a short list with our top suggestions. If you have any others to add, please do so in the comments below.
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