WARNING - The Property Survey That Every Thanet Landlord Should Read
26/04/2021 12:00 AM 0
In this three-minute read, we look at a study that found some landlords were putting themselves and their investment at risk by cutting corners on checks and maintenance.

Landlords are leaving themselves exposed to the risk of criminal and civil prosecution by failing to conduct critical safety checks and taking a back seat on maintenance, a survey of renters has revealed.
 
The study by property management platform Plentific found that a surprisingly high proportion of landlords aren’t meeting their legal responsibilities regarding gas safety and that in some cases, tenants are handling maintenance and repairs.
 
The survey of 1,000 tenants found that:
 
  • 46% of private tenants don’t believe their gas appliances have been checked in the last year.
  • 52% of private tenants don’t have a gas safety certificate.
  • 56% of private tenants don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm.
 
What the law says

Annual gas safety checks must be carried out at all rental properties by a qualified engineer and all tenants should receive a copy of the subsequent safety report.
 
Landlords who fail to meet these obligations could face prosecution – and be fined or imprisoned. 
 
Furthermore, landlords could wind up embroiled in a civil suit if a tenant is injured or killed in a fire, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning at the property.
 
Other maintenance issues

The survey also looked at how landlords respond to maintenance concerns raised by tenants. 
 
About 40% of private renters said requested works were completed within three days, although overall, the average was ten days.
 
Issues raised included damage to the garden (26%), property damage (24%), ­maintenance (21%), and electrical problems (20%).
 
Worryingly, 37% of renters said they had organised repair works themselves (20% with permission from the landlord, and 16% without).
 
We would advise landlords in Thanet to oversee maintenance and repairs (or to entrust a property expert like a letting agent to handle it) to ensure that work is done to a safe standard for a fair price.
 
Faulty work could result in further problems down the line or damage to your property that proves costly to rectify.
 
Managing your responsibilities

Being a landlord comes with a host of legal responsibilities. If staying on top of all the paperwork and red tape feels overwhelming then you could benefit from working with a reputable letting agent like us. We can shoulder the burden for you and will advise you expertly and honestly.
 
Let us take the stress out of managing the property and use our experience to make your life a whole lot easier.
 
Please get in touch with us here at Cooke & Co Estate and Letting Agents if you have any questions about property management.
 
 
 
© 2021 Cooke & Co Estate and Letting Agents
 
 
 
 

Leave a comment

Add Comment

Search

Categories

#Internet1 #Landlord1 #Letting1 #Tenants1 202137 202262 20501 Advice90 Ai1 Airbnb2 Alarm1 Amazing Apartment1 Aprilfool3 Beaches1 Bitcoin2 Brexit2 Broadstairs6 Builders2 Building3 Bungalow1 Buyer1 Buyi1 Buying45 Buytolet17 Celebration2 Charity2 Children1 Christmas4 Cleaning2 Community4 Compromise1 Conveyancing1 Costs1 Council1 Covid 194 Crash1 Crime1 Customers18 Debt1 Decore1 Deposits1 Developers4 Divorce1 Diy4 Education1 Emptyhomes1 Energy3 Epc3 Eu1 Eviction1 Financialservices8 Firsttimebuyer1 Flat1 Follow The Sun1 Football1 Forsale1 Fun11 Furnished1 Future3 Gadgets1 Garden1 General26 Golf1 Govenment1 Green1 Happyeaster1 Help2 Helptobuy2 Helptosell1 Holiday2 Home Automation1 Homeimprovement6 House3 Houseplants1 Houseprices5 Housing1 Illegal1 Inflation3 Insurance1 Interestrates1 Interference1 Investment10 Kindness1 Landlord52 Landlords1 Legislation12 Letting18 Limited1 Local3 Love1 Maintainance5 Management4 Mentalhealth2 Modern1 Money1 Mortgages9 Movingtips13 Mumanddad1 Negatives1 Negotiation1 New Builds4 Newbuild1 Newhome1 Newnormal2 Older1 People1 Pets1 Planning1 Portals1 Price1 Prices3 Profit2 Property2 Ramsgate5 Redtape1 Relax1 Relocation1 Remortgage2 Rented2 Renting2 Rents10 Repairs4 Rightagent1 Risingprices1 Rubbish1 Safety1 Save1 Savemoney1 Scams1 Schools1 Seaview1 Security1 Selling58 Service2 Sizematters1 Sofew1 Sold3 Spain1 Spare Room1 Statistics21 Stats4 Stress6 Success1 Tax3 Team1 Tech2 Tenancy2 Tenant9 Thanet16 Thankyou1 Time1 Tips3 Tory1 Tour1 Trends8 Unfurnished1 Unique1 Vendor23 Windows1 Working1 XMAS8

Tags

#202212 #Landlord2 #Nationalgardeningweek1 #Nationalgardeningweekj0 #Tenant2 20204 2021148 202261 20501 24 Hours1 7 Days1 Abroad1 Advice102 Aerialtour1 Airbnb1 Aprilfool2 Arrears2 Award1 Bestpractice1 Bitcoin1 Brexit5 Broadstairs8 Budget1 Bungalow1 Buy3 Buying6 Buying Process1 Buytolet5 Capital Gains3 Charity2 Children1 Chocolate1 Choosing1 Christmas8 Cleaning7 Community1 Condition1 Congratualtions1 Cooke & Co8 Councilhouse1 Covid 198 Crash1 Crime1 Customerservice14 Debt1 Decore1 Developer3 Development3 Divorce1 Diy1 Dogs1 Dss1 Electricity1 Eliots Close1 Emergency2 Energy4 Epc2 Eu1 Eviction1 Family2 Figures1 Finance2 Firsttimebuyer6 Forecast1 Forsale1 Fraud1 Friends1 Fun11 Future1 Garden4 Gas1 Gen1 General12 Good News1 Goodestateagent1 Green1 Guarentor1 Handytips2 Happyeaster1 Happynewyear1 Help1 Helptobuy1 Historicprices2 Holidayrent1 Home1 Homeowner10 House Prices21 Houseplants1 Houseprice8 Inflation6 Insurance1 Interest1 Internet1 Investment9 Kids1 Land1 Landlord63 Landlords1 Legislation12 Letting4 Lifetime Deposit1 Limited1 Local3 Love1 Maintain1 Maintainance1 Margate6 Marketing1 Mature1 Mentalhealth3 Mortgage9 Moving2 Mulitigenerational2 Negative1 Newbuild3 Newnormal4 News1 Notice1 Online1 Paperwork1 Parents1 Pets2 Planning2 Portals1 Pricerise1 Prices1 Profit1 Property6 Ramsgate6 Referb1 Reference1 Relocation1 Rented1 Rents14 Reolutions1 Repairs4 Review2 Rightmove1 Safety1 Scams1 Schools1 Security1 Sell1 Selling36 Selling Process2 Selloff1 Shopping1 Sizematters1 Sold3 Solicitors1 Spain1 Special1 Spring7 Stats4 Staycation1 Stress2 Supply1 Support1 Tax2 Team1 Tech3 Tenant7 Tenants0 Terraced1 Thanet32 Time1 Tips6 Trends2 Valentine1 Valuation2 Vendor13 Whychooseus2 Windows1 Winter3 Xmas6