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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING GUTTERINGS??

11

January

2019

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING GUTTERINGS??

Who Is Responsible For Maintaining Gutterings??

Whilst maintenance on investment properties usually centres on immediate matters such as leaking taps and toilets repairs, to the oven and hot water system, we have found there are many hidden repairs that Owners should be aware of and budget for.

In homes, villas and townhouses the maintenance of gutters and down pipes is always an issue. Many Owners feel that this work falls into the domain of the “Tenant should do it”. This work, for a variety of reasons cannot be put upon the Tenant to do.

Firstly - at the start of the tenancy it should be made clear to the Tenant that, should there be any build-up of debris in the gutters and down pipes, you, as the Landlord, are to be notified promptly.

By requiring or expecting your Tenant to clear the gutters, an insurance issue is created for in the event of an accident.

We suggest that on a quarterly basis you arrange to have the gutters and down pipes checked and cleared of any debris which could block the gutters and cause water damage during heavy rainfall or create a fire hazard.

Take the time to investigate this often overlooked maintenance issue as it could save you money in the long run.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding maintenance, please feel free to contact your Property Manager directly or our office on 375 4800.

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