Summertime in Queensland is something to look forward to in the coming weeks. This is also the perfect time for Landlords/Property Managers to make sure rental properties, whether vacant or occupied, are in top shape.
Check and clean fans and air conditioning systems
With hot and dry conditions continuing across the state, fans and air conditioning systems may have accumulated dirt and grime that reduce their efficiency. Now is a great opportunity for tenants to check fans and air conditioners for any damage.
Secure pool safety
If you have a pool on your rental property, it’ll probably get a good workout over summer. Check your tenancy agreement for any special terms outlining specific instructions for pool maintenance, which goes beyond everyday maintenance such as cleaning leaves. All pools, whether permanent or portable, must comply with the pool safety standards and obtain all required building approvals and registration.
Be mindful of local water restrictions
With extreme weather expected to continue in the next few months, tenants and Landlords/Property Managers must observe any local water restrictions and be reasonable when it comes to maintaining lawns, gardens and trees. If water restrictions are not in place, circumstances outside a tenant’s control may affect what is possible, and periods of extreme weather should be considered by all parties.
Prepare for extreme weather conditions
Summer can bring cyclones and bushfires. Understand your risks and make an emergency plan with helpful resources. After a natural disaster, Landlords/Property Managers should speak to tenants to discuss the state of the property. It’s also a good time to check your insurance policies to remind yourself of what’s covered.
Know your contacts for emergency repairs
Landlords/Property Managers should confirm the availability of tradespeople over the break so you can be confident when reminding tenants of emergency repairers and processes. Confirm your office hours and preferred communication channels over the break to help to reduce unexpected phone calls.
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