Maintenance work never stops on rental property, and landlords should always look to keep on top of matters. Of course, maintaining a rental property when tenants are present is a different prospect compared to property maintenance of an empty rental property.
If you have tenants in place, you may not think there is a lot you can do to maintain the standard of condition, but there are steps you can take. We are pleased to say we have assisted many North East landlords, and these property maintenance during a tenancy tips will hopefully help you.
You must carry out regular inspections
Whether you undertake periodical inspections yourself, or you leave this to property management professionals, it is vital this work is carried out. When a tenant knows the rental property is being reviewed on a regular basis, they will be more inclined to maintain the condition of the rental property. Also, if you or a representative visit the property regularly, you can see for yourself what condition the property is in, and whether any work needs to be carried out.
Before you carry out the check, you should familiarise yourself with the inventory check, which should have been carried out at the start of the rental process. This is the base line to compare the current condition of the rental property against.
You should also create a list of items you wish to check during the periodical assessment. By checking these elements, you ensure there is consistency in what you review, and in the condition of the property. Even if different people carry out the tests over time, working to a set list of checks will make it easier to ascertain the consistency of property maintenance.
Make sure the tenant can communicate with you
One of the most effective ways to ensure your rental property remains in good condition is to catch problems early. The sooner you spot a problem, the sooner it can be resolved. You will often find that this allows you to carry out repairs quickly and easily, whereas if you wait, you may find it becomes problematic to make repairs.
Therefore, as a landlord, you should communicate with the tenant, and you should encourage them to contact you as and when required. You don't need to become best friends with your tenant, and they shouldn't contact you every day and night. However, if an issue arises, a tenant should feel comfortable enough to contact you quickly, and set about a repair or maintenance process.
Carry out proper repairs
While it may be tempting to undertake a quick-fix that will temporarily patch up an issue, in the long-run, this isn't the best idea. It is best to repair or replace an issue as best as you can. Once an issue has been resolved, it is no longer a problem. However, if you make and mend, the issue is likely to arise again. This means the tenant is unhappy, and over time, you may spend more carrying out short-term fixes than you would do in carrying out a permanent solution.
If you're a North East London landlord, and you need assistance managing rental property, please contact SK Property Management, and we'll be happy to assist you.