Summer is here, and for many of us that means one thing: holidays. But if you’re a landlord, how can you manage the responsibility of being there for your tenants and still give yourself a summer break? Here are our top three tips for landlords preparing for a holiday, to make sure your time away goes off without a hitch.
1. Choose a quiet time
There’s no telling when something urgent will happen with your rental property, but you can at least plan to be away when there’s nothing major going on. Either make sure maintenance work is finished before you go away or save it for when you come back, just in case any unexpected problems arise. It’s especially important that you stick around if a tenancy is starting or ending, as you’ll need to be there to sign all the paperwork and carry out any inspections.
2. Tell your tenants
It’s very important that you tell your tenants that you’re going to be away, so they know that they will have to deal with someone else in your absence, if there’s an emergency. Give them as much notice as possible, preferably in writing, and get some sort of confirmation that they have received it. You should also pass on any necessary details, such as dates, phone numbers and your emergency contact, and remind them that any non-urgent texts or emails will have to wait until you return.
3. Provide an emergency contact
Your holiday should be a holiday, and the last thing you want is to have to handle a crisis over the phone when you should be relaxing on the beach. For this reason, you should find someone who can temporarily step into your shoes. They will need keys to the property, contact and account details for any maintenance people you use, and details for all the tenants in the property. You should make sure they can contact you too, and if possible take them to the property and show them how to turn off utilities like water or gas in case of an emergency.
If you would like more long-term help in managing your rental properties, Gough Quarters offers a Portfolio Management service that could be right for you. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help. We hope you enjoy your holiday!
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