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Houses and flats themselves also must deal with the weather conditions as well, though. Winter, and autumn, present challenges for buildings to deal with, including high winds, cold snaps and heavy rainfall, so it's always good to make sure ahead of autumn and winter's arrival, homes have what it takes to stand up to the incoming weather. For rented properties, this responsibility falls on letting agents. Here, we look at a few places which require checking out before the bad weather really starts to show itself.

 

Leaks and damp

No matter how well someone looks after their property, leaks, water damage and damp can become an issue, but it's something that can be dealt with as long as you make sure to address the issue early. If a tenant is reporting an area of damp, or a leak in the property, you will want to make sure it's fixed before autumn and winter. Heavy rainfall is a real problem later in the year, and the last thing you want is a house being flooded when the roof may have been patched up earlier.


It's also worth looking at the guttering to make sure it's not potentially causing a very avoidable problem. If gutters are blocked by leaves and other debris, something that can get worse when the leaves start dropping off trees in autumn, then water can't escape, and a build-up of rainfall can allow water into the home, causing real damage and leaving mountains of repair bills. It's always good, for this reason, to check that gutters are in good health before the weather starts to turn bad. 

Insulation

The cold snap, or at least the worst of it, may still be a couple of months away, but that's no reason to wait to make sure rental properties are ready to deal with the conditions. Cold weather can cause real problems for homes, with freezing conditions causing pipes to freeze, and when they defrost, flood the property. As a letting agent, this can be a costly disaster, so it's always best to ensure houses and flats are ready for the cold.


All it can take is to ensure that pipes have been insulated against the cold to ensure they don't freeze solid at the first sign of winter and ensure residents know that they have a responsibility to look after their home. Let them know that they should have the heating on, even when they're not home, for a certain number of hours a day, and the chances of burst pipes will be greatly reduced. 

 

Always remember prevention is better than the cure!