Health-check heating in the summer

by Sarah Ashcroft

No matter whether you are renting out a number of properties, or just letting the spare room, it is always important to keep the property in good health.

Doing regular maintenance doesn't just keep the property in order, it can also ensure that all the inhabitants are safe, catching minor issues before they become big, expensive problems.

Which is why Worcester Bosch Group has recommended landlords take the opportunity of the summer and autumn months to give their central heating and hot water a once over.

Gas and electrics are integral for the day-to-day running of a home and without them people can quickly find themselves inconvenienced, or even in danger of injury.

Although it may sound strange, summer is the best time for this heating MOT as the boiler is not being used as regularly.

Indeed, many breakdowns occur during the first cold snap of the winter, meaning that demand for emergency plumbers is high and you and your tenants could be waiting longer than necessary for the problem to be fixed.

"Paying attention to your boiler by having a regular check-up will help to ensure it is working efficiently, keep it running for longer and also can prevent any costly repairs which can build up if the boiler has been left unattended for a long time," the organisation claimed.

But, Jason Orme, editor at Homebuilding & Renovating, warned that when it comes to gas and electricity it is important to consult the professionals, especially in a rented property.

"With things like boilers, you have got to be very careful with the work that you do," he said.

"There is some work that you can do that doesn't require building regulations approval or specifically the services of a Gas Safe-registered plumber. If work involves gas or electrics then it really should be carried out by an approved plumber or electrician."

Find out more on your obligations as a landlord by reading Lawpack's Residential Lettings: The Complete Guide. Written by a solicitor specialising in residential landlord and tenant/housing law, our expert guide will show you how to comply with the buy-to-let regulations by maintaining a property correctly .

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Published on: June 28, 2012

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