Winter Rental Property Maintenance Checklist For Property Managers

Winter is well and truly here and as heaters in homes across the country get a good workout, it’s important for property managers to ensure there is safe and efficient heating and working smoke alarms installed in rental properties. In addition, every landlord and property manager should have winter maintenance tasks on their radar. In fact, winter maintenance is an essential part of property management and for landlords, it is one of the most important preventative tasks to protect an investment. To avoid property damage and ensure tenants are safe and warm this winter, let’s look at the most important winter maintenance tasks:

Test Smoke Detectors

House fires are more common in winter and are often caused by faulty electric blankets, heaters and appliances. A working smoke alarm is required by law to ensure the safety of the tenants in case of a fire. Smoke alarms should be tested annually and in addition, during routine inspections, property managers should test the smoke alarm’s batteries and remove any dust. Property managers should also remind landlords to replace the smoke alarm every 10 years.

Service Heating Appliances

Regardless of the heating appliance, it should be serviced annually and filters should be cleaned or replaced. This also applies to flue systems, especially those connected to gas log fires, as well as hot water heaters and space heaters. The laws in relation to adequate heating vary by state, so it’s important for property managers to ensure landlords understand their responsibilities.

Clear Blocked Gutters and Drains

We all know blocked gutters and drains can lead to serious damage to the roof and gutters, causing flooding and potential damage to the home’s interior or foundations. For property managers, it’s important that you remind your landlords of the risks involved and organise for gutters to be cleared of any leaves and debris regularly.

Treat Mould

The most common cause of indoor mould is moisture and this occurs when there isn’t satisfactory ventilation. Warm, damp rooms like bathrooms and laundries are especially prone to mould, particularly in winter. Tenants may be less likely to open a window during or after a shower or when using the dryer in colder weather. Mould can build up on curtains or blinds from condensation on windows, in wet rooms as well as bedrooms. Ensuring there is adequate ventilation will help to prevent mould in the first place, but if there is a mould issue it needs to be addressed immediately as it can cause serious health problems. If the property doesn’t have extractor fans in the bathrooms, property managers should advise landlords to install them to help prevent mould in the future.

Check For Signs Of Damage

The house roof should be regularly inspected for any sign of damage, including loose, cracked or missing shingles or tiles. Roof damage can lead to leaking and water damage inside the roof cavity and ceiling, which can turn into a major issue if left untreated. Property managers should advise landlords to have the roof inspected yearly by a licensed, certified roofing professional.

Property maintenance is vital throughout the year but should absolutely be a priority for both property managers and landlords in the cooler months. Proactive maintenance not only protects the home from costly damage but also helps to strengthen the relationship between the property manager and landlord in the long term.

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