The festive period might be over, but it seems the wintery weather is not! If your area has been issued with a weather warning for high winds, heavy rain or snow, our following tips for dealing with damage to your rental home as a result of bad weather could come in handy!
“If damage to your home has occured as a result of bad weather, it's important you double-check the terms in your tenancy agreement. Don't assume your landlord will cover the costs - especially of personal belongings” advises Michael Cook, National Managing Director of Lettings for Leaders.
Flooding can not only damage your building, but also your personal belongings. Always check your contents insurance covers water damage.
Don't weather the storm alone
As soon as weather-related damage occurs, you should contact your landlord or letting agent. If you are unable to get through to anyone, take time-stamped photographs to help fully document the damage and, in an emergency, phone the appropriate maintenance company.
Left in the dark
If possible, check the UK Power Networks website in the first instance of a power cut. The website will give you updates on the current situation. If the power cut affects more than just your home, get in touch with your utility provider directly before you contact your landlord.
If you're away from your rental property during the winter, it's your responsibility to make sure the pipes don't freeze. As a precaution it's best to set a timer so the heating comes on at the coldest parts of the day at a low temperature.