By Sarah Barton, Terri Scheer Distribution Channel Manager While Australian summers are often filled with…
From soaring temperatures to decreased rainfall, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a hotter and drier summer across most of the country1http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/outlooks/archive/20231005-outlook.shtml.
As the scorching weather approaches, property managers have a role to play in ensuring that rental properties are well-prepared to handle the heat. Hot weather can take a toll on tenants and properties alike, so now is the time to help landlords safeguard their investments and make sure they provide comfortable living conditions for their tenants.
Here are five considerations for landlords wanting to ready their rental properties for summer:
1. Keeping cool
The first and most obvious step in preparing a rental property for hot weather is ensuring adequate cooling. Functional and well-maintained air conditioning or fans are necessities to make it through Australia’s sweltering days and nights.
Ceiling fans in bedrooms and living areas will help to circulate air and keep tenants comfortable without the need for constant air conditioning which can be expensive.
2. Ventilation is key
In areas where humidity levels can be high, ensure proper ventilation is possible. Good airflow through windows and doors, or fixed and portable fans, is the best way to achieve this. Exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms also help to eliminate excess heat and humidity, which may help to prevent a build-up of mould and bacteria.
3. Window coverings
An often-overlooked aspect of protecting a rental’s furnishings is window coverings. Landlords should invest in blinds or curtains that can effectively block out the sun’s rays during the hottest parts of the day. This not only keeps the interior cooler but can also prevent furniture and flooring from fading due to prolonged sun exposure.
4. Regular maintenance
No different to any other time of year, preventative maintenance is key to a property’s longevity and the comfort of tenants. Scheduling regular inspections for air conditioning systems, fans and any other cooling systems will not only keep tenants comfortable but also extend the lifespan of the appliances.
5. Pool maintenance
If the property has a swimming pool, make sure it’s clean and properly maintained – this may mean arranging a professional or ensuring the tenant is clear on their responsibilities, depending on the rental agreement. Regular cleaning, testing and chemical balancing are essential, plus appropriate fencing to comply with Australian standards, to ensure pools are safe and enjoyable features for tenants.
One of the most critical factors for landlords is ensuring adequate landlord insurance is in place. Australian weather can be unpredictable and extreme conditions, such as bushfires and storms, can cause significant damage to properties. A suitable insurance policy will cover for damage due to most weather-related incidents, providing peace of mind and financial protection to safeguard landlords’ investments.
As Australia’s leading landlord insurance specialist, Terri Scheer’s dedicated landlord insurance, Landlord Preferred, provides comprehensive cover for weather events, tenant-related risks, loss of rental income and more. Find out what’s included here: https://www.terrischeer.com.au/landlord-insurance/
Property managers should check their authority to distribute or refer before discussing with landlords or dealing in insurance.
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