Help Tenants Look After Your Property
Eight Ways to Help Your Tenants Look After Your Property
Tenants, no matter how good, won’t look after a property as if it’s their own (it isn’t).
Some will look after a property better than others however, we’d recommend you prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
But there are ways you can prepare for the worst AND best before a tenant moves in.
Here’s our list of suggestions to help tenants look after your property and save you money.
1. Bathroom Extractor Fans
- Fit a good (i.e. high powered) bathroom extractor fan – and ensure it works.
- Ideally one with a humidistat switch so it only stops when sufficient moisture is out of the bathroom.
- This will save money on replacing or cleaning mould build up; a common thing in rented properties. (Read more HERE)
- Even in a furnished flat if it’s old, broken, or just not useful take it away.
- Leaving it in the flat creates clutter, gives the impression of lack of care and leaves landlords open to injury claims if an accident happens.
- If it’s there when tenants move in they can legitimately ask for it to be replaced if it gets broken.
- If a tenant brings in a few bits of their own furniture they are more likely to stay longer. (NB: Ensure they take anything they bring when they move out.)
3. Fit Vinyl
- Particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Cheaper to fit (and replace and clean) than tiles or laminate.
- Less likely that things falling on it break – or cause damage.
- Easier to roll back and use again if under floor problems such as leaking pipes.
- Designs available to replicate any material.
- Less susceptible to water damage
- You might think “It’s only a rental property cheapest available will do”.
- But it won’t last as long so will cost more in the long run.
- Reduces noise to / from the flat (reducing complaints).
- Use stain resistant carpets to make cleaning easier.
5. Inspect / Repair / Maintain
- Do regular inspections to catch required repairs before they become costly problems.
- Repair promptly and to a high standard to avoid longer term (high) expenses.
- Have a long term maintenance plan (again to keep longer term costs down).
- Show you care about your property and tenants are more likely to follow suit.
6. Wall board
- Use wallboard in showers and bathrooms rather than tiles.
- Easier to clean / less susceptible to mould build up and discolouration.
- Cheaper to install / repair / replace.
- Less susceptible to leaks.
- Plenty of designs to replicate tiles (or make a feature bathroom).
7. Use rugs on precious floors
- Single, neutral colours make older flats appear more modern. Avoid putting down Granny’s old Persian rugs.
- Protects floors from damage from footwear
- Cheaper to replace than damaged hard wood floor
- Makes properties feel warmer.
8. Fit solid shower screens rather than curtains
- They provide a better barrier to stop water getting out and causing damage.
- Shower curtains become unsightly over time and require replacing (costing money). Yes, a shower screen costs more but it will last 20 times longer.