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 services from letting agents, as homes could need regular check-ups to ensure precautions against such problems are in check.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, commented: "The cold snap is a reminder that burst pipes can cause serious water damage to both buildings and contents such as carpets and furniture."

AA Insurance's findings come after the National Landlords Association warned in November that winter repair bills for landlords were "set to soar"- if rental property owners did not take precautionary maintenance measures, or train their tenants on how to react in the event of problems like burst pipes.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18982947-ADNFCR

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