A ‘big thaw’could follow the big freeze

Tenants and landlords may consider guarding properties against floods, after it was announced that a big thaw will follow the cold snap.Zurich Municipal said that this weekend could see heavy rain combined with warmer temperatures than the UK has been seeing.Landlords with properties in areas affected by heavy snow may therefore have to consider contingency [...]

Burst pipe claims ‘can cost thousands’

Landlords should make sure their properties are protected against burst water pipes, after it was revealed that a claim can cost £3,000.Virgin Money Home Insurance said that escape of water accounted for 15 per cent of all the company's claims received between December 2009 and November 2009.Spokesperson at the company Grant Bather said: "Some parts [...]

Coatbridge landlords aiming to improve properties

A landlord in Coatbridge is undertaking a project to improve a close in North Lanarkshire which has been plagued by "disgusting"living conditions. The Airdrie &Coatbridge Advertiser reported that the residents of Torriden Court have suffered from the effects of the poor conditions - which include rubbish piled high in the communal bin area [...]

Hush buttons ‘give private landlords a peaceful night’

Private landlords who have found themselves called out to deal with fire alarms set off by tenants burning toast could welcome the concept of a hush button.The buttons are in use in Boatman's Court, a block of student accommodation at the University of Central Lancashire, giving tenants the chance to override the fire alarms, reports [...]

New landlord service proves successful

Property investors and private landlords from across the world have been using a new system to help them save money on repairs.According to the Holyrood Partnership, the Edinburgh-based all-in-one maintenance landlord service is an alternative to the contracts offered by British Gas and Homeserve, and is increasing in popularity.Dubbed One Call Home Assist, the organisation [...]

Fire results in £8,000 landlord legal bill

A landlord legal bill of nearly £8,000 has been sent the way of AD Lettings in Nelson, Lancashire.It comes after a fire in Burnley resulted in three tenants losing their homes, but it could have been worse.The Lancashire Telegraph reports that the bedsits affected by the fire were potential death traps.Chief fire officer in the [...]

Winter weather leads to spike in burst pipe damages

Cold weather has been attributed to a 50 per cent rise in insurance claims for household water breaches in January.AA Home Insurance revealed that £15 million worth of claims have been issued by homeowners this month after pipes have burst and water has flooded their properties.The figures could prompt private landlords to consider property management [...]