If you’re a landlord, the summer season is probably a time when you’re more wary about risks to your property. While summer 2021 isn’t exactly the holiday season we’re used to, people are tentatively venturing abroad or opting for staycations in the UK - leaving rental properties empty and more prone to burglary.
Says ARLA Propertymark president, Maxine Fothergill: “It is fantastic to see travel restrictions finally opening up a little more ... but it is crucial not to let anything slip when it comes to protecting your empty property if tenants are away.
“Holiday periods are prime time for a surge in burglary and house fire risk, so it’s important to cover all bases while your tenants are having a well-deserved break.”
Many people have banked their annual leave during periods of restriction, leading to extended time away. ARLA encourages landlords to talk to their tenants - so they know about any plans to leave the property empty in advance. This also means you can arrange to get any maintenance jobs completed before they cause a problem.
Landlords are advised to look at their property’s security. Make sure locks are up to scratch and consider a smart tech solution that allows the property to be monitored while empty. It is also worth checking landlord insurance to ensure there is adequate cover if the property is vacated for some time.
If you or your tenants are on good terms with the neighbours, you could ask them to keep an eye on the place - putting the bins away after collection or taking in parcels, for example. It’s also worth reminding your tenant that holiday snaps on open social media accounts can advertise extended absence to thieves - and asking them to be careful here.
For more tips and advice, read this article on the Landlord Today