Landlords: How To Keep A Warm House For Tenants
Winter is often a magical time of year, but it is also often a cold and miserable time of year. If your living conditions are not the best, winter can be very difficult, so it is best to know how to care for your home in the most effective manner. This means keeping a warm house.
If you are a landlord, it is in your best interests to look out for your tenants and your rental property in winter. Knowing how to keep a warm house for tenants provides a high standard of service for tenants, but it will also help maintain the condition of your rental property for years to come.
Keep the heating on low
It is natural for tenants to be concerned about their heating bill but requesting that they leave their heating on at a minimum temperature of 15°C (or 65°F) could have positive benefits. It is important that tenants and landlords do what they can to minimise the risk of dampness and condensation.
A damp home puts tenants health at risk and it could increase the costs a landlord must pay when maintaining their home. Maintaining a minimal level of heat at home should also minimise the risk of frozen pipes or burst pipes. Therefore, this step is of benefit to tenants and landlords, so landlords should try to encourage their tenant to take this step.
Do you have a loft? Allow warm air to circulate
Not every rental accommodation has a loft space but for those that do, and who will leave the property empty for a while in winter, it is advisable to leave the loft hatch open at times. This will allow warm air to circulate in this area.
Many people take a break or visit family for an extended period in winter, so a home can lie empty. Therefore, it is best to maintain a reasonable level of warm air across the entire house when possible.
Bleed the radiators to keep a warm house
Bleeding the radiators is the responsibility of the tenant, but many landlords will decide to take responsibility for this work. After all, this action has short and long-term benefits in the house, and doing this work will provide a landlord with peace of mind that the home is being cared for.
Given that this action can lower energy bills, you will find that most tenants will be happy for landlords to carry out this work.
If there are no curtains or blinds in place at your rental home, it may be worth investing in them. This is because drawing these blinds or curtains at night not only provides privacy, it helps to retain heat.
If you are a landlord or tenant and you want guidance on how to best care for your property in winter or create a warm house, please get in touch. I am delighted to say I have many people in the rental market care for their home and make the most of their rental property. If you are looking for any advice, guidance or top tips, please get in touch.
CEO, Kings Accommodation