Landlords across the UK may wish to take precautions ahead of the winter months to avoid having to pay out for weather-related damage in the long term.

Homeowners in the region experienced several days of severe weather last week, prompting Halifax Home Insurance to issue a number of tips to help minimise damage.

The firm recorded over 20,000 claims for burst and freezing pipes last year, averaging around £2,000 to fix, while almost 30,000 people made claims for windstorm damage.

David Rochester, from Halifax Home Insurance, advised that prevention is "certainly better"than having to foot the bill for repair.

"Much of the damage could be avoided if householders spent a small amount of time preparing for the bad weather,"he said.

Homeowners should check the condition of roofing, gutters and light fittings, as well as having boilers serviced at least once a year and keeping the heating set to 10 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing, the firm suggests.

Last week, a report by the Daily Telegraph advised landlords to "keep on top"of regulations and maintenance checks to avoid being punished by the law.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18917485-ADNFCR

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