There is already a lot going on for residential property investors when it comes to maintaining their properties to an acceptable standard. Are you aware there big changes?
From 1 July 2019 all rental properties are required under legislation to have ceiling and underfloor heating, with EECA, the government agency responsible for energy efficiency and conservation, being tasked to promote the government’s Healthy Homes Programme. Investors who own rental properties need to stay up to date with their legal obligations, EECA’s websites are definitely worth reading.
Below are a couple of links to websites you could check out:
Setting up your rental property in advance of this increasing compliance focus gives a strong foundation for not just keeping it in good shape, but also in protecting those who live in it, and you as their landlord. There will always be a cost to do this, however if ignored the cost can be much greater.
There are obvious day-to-day things that are front of mind when it comes to a healthy home including:
- Keeping your home warm and dry
- Saving on power bills, etc
However, there are less obvious aspects that can be overlooked, especially after a property has been rented for some time. No one wants to wake up to the news that their property has been the cause of a tragedy.
Here at Quinovic Property Management Parnell, we take our responsibilities to look after our tenants very seriously, and this includes having robust systems in place to make sure ongoing maintenance is taken care of, such as:
- Electrical and gas work is properly certified
- Appliances are serviced regularly
- Heat pumps are cleaned regularly
- Chimneys are checked and swept regularly
- Smoke alarms are checked and serviced
- Insulation meets the required standards
As well as the primary focus being the safety of tenants and their families, our maintenance programmes reduce the risk for landlords, including where there are any insurance claims, that these are approved.
For more advice or information about our residential property management services, follow the link below to get in touch with Quinovic Property Management Parnell: