For more information visit local Energy Assessor City Energy Assessors.
We are urging all Landlords to ensure that they take the necessary steps to help prevent what could be a costly repair bill by taking action as detailed below.
According to Total Landlord Insurance, an approved member of The Landlord Syndicate, landlord claims as a result of burst pipes and flooding rise by an average of 100% in winter months versus summer.
‘During the cold snap just over a year ago, escape of water claims rose by a staggering 900%. Whilst the weather cannot be prevented, precautionary measures can be taken by landlords and tenants to minimise the risk and, should the worst happen, limit the resultant damage,’ said Eddie Hooker, chief executive of Total Landlord Insurance.
The Landlord Syndicate advises landlords to arrange a convenient time with tenants to visit their properties to make checks both internally and externally. ‘It is worth checking that all pipes and tanks in the loft are adequately insulated and that overflow pipes are connected and not blocked, especially if you have taken on new tenants in the last year that may have used the loft space and unwittingly moved or dislodged something,’ explained Hooker.
Externally, pipe work should be lagged, including outside taps which should either be turned off internally if possible and drained down, or fitted with an insulated jacket. ‘Gutters and downpipes should be clean, free from cracks and have supporting brackets that are secure as snow and ice can add excessive weight resulting in damage. This is also the time to ensure drain gratings are clear of leaves and debris and that there are no cracked or missing roof tiles,’ added Hooker. On visiting the property, landlords should also advise tenants to leave the heating on low if they are planning to be away over the next month, and whether at home or not, doors between heated and unheated parts of the property should be left open to allow warm air to move around the property.
‘In really cold spells this could include leaving the loft hatch open to allow warm air to circulate reducing the risk of frozen pipes in the loft. Most importantly, we advise landlords to ensure tenants know where the stopcock or isolation valves are located in case they have to turn off the water to any part of the property and check now that the valve moves easily without the need for any special tools,’ he continued. Our Plumbers are available should you wish for us to arrange for them to give your Property a “winter health check”.
Nottingham Market Rent Summary
Summary of Properties for Rent in Nottingham
|Total properties for rent in Nottingham:||3,733|
|Properties for rent in Nottingham listed in the last 14 days:||380|
|Average* property rents in Nottingham:||£868 pcm|
|Median* rent:||£600 pcm|
|Average Time on Market (ToM) in Nottingham*:||116 days|
Properties for Rent in Nottingham by Price
|No. of properties|
|Rent under £250 pcm||55|
|£250 to £500 pcm rent||1,369|
|£500 to £1,000 pcm rent||1,193|
|£1,000 to £2,000 pcm rent||828|
|£2,000 to £5,000 pcm rent||287|
|Rent over £5,000 pcm||1|
Property Rents in Nottingham by Number of Bedrooms
|No. of properties||Average rent||Median rent|
|One bedroom||382||£466 pcm||£446 pcm|
|Two bedrooms||789||£625 pcm||£576 pcm|
|Three bedrooms||671||£725 pcm||£659 pcm|
|Four bedrooms||610||£1,013 pcm||£1,170 pcm|
|Five bedrooms||384||£1,248 pcm||£1,517 pcm|
Property Rents in Surrounding Areas
At Harper we constantly listen to our clients feedback and to their concerns. It has become apparent that one of the biggest concerns a prospective Landlord and an Investment Landlord shares is “What if my Tenant doesn’t pay their rent”.
It is for this reason that we are offering you peace of mind by including a Free Rent & Legal Guarantee with every Fully Managed Instruction throughout January.
The Guarantee will pay your Rent in full until you get you obtain vacant possession and will cover any legal costs involved in regaining possession. Theses costs can quite often spiral into thousands of pounds and it can take several months to regain possession so it really is a valuable product.
The excess for this policy is one months rent.
For more details please contact us on 01158963990 or email email@example.com
At Harper Lettings we believe its is important to give back and to help the community which is why we are happy to help local organisations with sponsorship.
We are proud to announce that Harper Lettings will now be sponsoring Hunters Gym, Colwick, Nottingham.
Hunters Gym offer a wide range of services to the public including under 16 classes, designed to give young people a focus and prevent them from going down the wrong path and to help them make better choices in life.
Nathan McIntosh who runs the classes is a Professional boxer from the local area who acts as a positive role model to young people and he hopes to inspire the next generation.
As part of the sponsorship, Harper Lettings will be hands on and will support Hunters Gym in anyway they can.
For more information on the gym and what they can do for you whether it is to get in shape or to become the next champ contact Nathan McIntosh on 07462194194.
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