Being a landlord can often be a difficult balance between ensuring the property is pristine and not blowing your budget. If you have a new tenant moving into your premises, you need to make sure that the property looks great and that everything is in good working order. Not only is this important in terms of keeping your tenant happy and increasing the chances of them wanting to renew their contract, but you also have legal obligations as a landlord as well. With that being said, keep on reading to find out the five things that you are going to need to check before your tenant moves in…

Roof checks 

The first thing you need to do is check the roof. The roof is part of a property that we do not tend to give a lot of attention to. However, if the roof on your premises is old, there is a chance that it may be susceptible to collapsing or caving in. If you don’t check the roof area, there may even be significant damage that you have never realised. When someone else is going to be living in your property, this really is not a risk that is ever worth taking. The average cost of re-roofing is between £5k and £6k according to roofcosts.co.uk: https://roofcosts.co.uk/cost-to-re-roof-a-house/ however, if a few tiles need replacing, this will cost between £150 and £500 – so do your research. 

Boiler checks 

It is also imperative that your boiler is serviced and checked. As a landlord, you are going to need to make sure you have a gas safety engineer come to your property once per year to check that everything is working how it should be and to issue you with a gas safety certificate. This is something that is required of you by law. The dangers of a faulty boiler are very serious, with carbon monoxide poisoning being a real possibility. This is why you need to make sure that getting your boiler checked by a professional is one of your main priorities before handing the keys over.

Mould or damp removal 

The next thing you need to do is make sure you remove any damp or mould from your home. A lot of properties have issues with mould and damp. However, mould fragments can cause health problems for anyone living in the property. This can result in throat irritation, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and nasal congestion. When the exposure goes on for extended periods of time, it can reduce lung function and lead to chronic health issues, such as asthma. Don’t cut corners or take any risks. Instead, make sure that the mould and damp are dealt with before your tenant moves in.

Replace old carpet 

It is also a good idea to change the old carpet. If your property has old carpets, with stains that simply cannot be removed anymore, it is a good idea to replace them. You don’t need to have a new carpet installed. You could opt for hardwood flooring if you prefer. Hardwood flooring is a lot easier to maintain, so you may prefer to go down this route. Either way, not only do old carpets look unsightly but they can also prevent health hazards because they harbour so much dirt and bacteria. You are going to have to change them at some point, so it certainly makes sense to do it now.

Condition of all walls and appliances (make a note)

The final piece of the puzzle is to make sure that you check the conditions of the walls and the appliances. You need to make sure that all of the appliances are in good working order and that there are no problems. You should also take photos of your property and make note of any defects. This is so you are able to confirm whether any marks were there to begin with or whether the tenant caused them. Of course, a bit of general wear and tear is to be expected. 

So there you have it: the five things that you need to make sure you check before your tenant moves in. you need to ensure that the five areas that have been discussed above have been thoroughly checked and that everything is how it should be. After all, you could find yourself in a whole world of trouble if you move a tenant into your property and the boiler is not safe or the roof poses a threat of collapsing. You could have a lot more than a legal battle on your hands, and so it is really never worth cutting corners when it comes to matters like this.

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