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No one likes the idea of household chores and clean-ups especially when the weather turns colder. But tidying up a rental property in Autumn may save you expensive repair bills down the track. Both Landlords and Tenants need to pay attention to seasonal changes because weather conditions will affect the smooth enjoyment of a home.
Autumn leaves can clog drains and gutters thus interrupting water flow and misdirecting rain water. Water can be funneled into places it shouldn’t go if waterways are not kept free of debris and leaves.
So spend a little time raking up leaves and cleaning guttering to avoid winter water issues. Leaves can also be used as great mulch for the garden, so it’s not all bad news.
Tenants should keep an eye on any areas where water is accumulating or not draining away and report irregularities to the Property Manager. This applies to both outdoors and indoors. Outdoors, if water is accumulating on pathways, around drains, on grass or in garden beds then it may indicate a water flow issue. Indoors, if there are any damp patches that appear with a higher rainfall, it may indicate leaks in the roof.
Any changes in water flow, dampness or water pooling should be reported to the Property Manager right away. Outdoor taps and pipes may require to be checked and a roof check for broken tiles, damage from pests such as possums, rats and birds, or rust in iron sheets or old guttering.
Autumn is a great time to have gas hot water, gas heating and gas stove-tops serviced. Early detection of leaks will save money and extend the life of your gas appliances, especially heating. As a Landlord, if your tenants are having cold showers and are unable to heat their home you will be required to act immediately, regardless of cost or cause.
Tenants should check insulation seals around doors and windows to ensure as much heat as possible is kept in, and cold weather kept out. Some tenants may even wish to hang their own heavy curtains, which can be taken with you when you leave the rental. Significant deficiencies in door and window insulation should be reported immediately to the Property Manager.
Tenants can also help keep their home warm in winter by putting rugs on wooden floors, lay down door ‘snakes’ let the sun in on sunny days, and cover glassed areas when the sun goes down.
Both Tenants and Landlords have a responsibility to ensure pre-winter clean-ups are conducted. Tenants are required to immediately report damage from disasters such as storm, flood and fire. Urgent repairs including failure of essential services, roof and gas leaks, burst water pipes, blocked toilets, dangerous electrical faults and life/staircase faults should also be reported immediately.
If you require assistance or advice from a qualified Property Manager, please contact Amal Khodair-Vemana on 0401 242 352 or e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org. Amal has been a Property Manager for 16 years knowing the legislation and regulations inside out.