London Landlord’s Five-Step Inspection Checklist

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Maintaining a rental property in London isn’t just about collecting rent; it’s about safeguarding your investment and keeping your tenants happy and safe.

That’s why regular property inspections are so crucial.

They help you spot potential issues before they become costly repairs and ensure your property remains a place people are proud to call their home.

Here’s the lowdown on the five key areas you need to focus on during your inspections:

  1. Structural integrity:

    Let’s talk about the ‘bones’ of your property. Look for any cracks in the walls and ceilings. Also, checking the roof for missing tiles or leaks is a smart move.

  2. Plumbing and electrical systems:

    No tenant wants the surprise of a cold shower or a flickering light. Give all your taps, toilets and pipes a once-over for leaks or signs of corrosion. Light fixtures and wiring must also be safe to prevent potential hazards – it’s the law.

  3. Heating and insulation:

    Ensure the boiler works efficiently and the radiators do their job. Proper insulation is key to keeping the heat in, the energy bills down and your tenants happy.

  4. Safety equipment:

    This is about more than ticking boxes – it’s about ensuring your tenants’ safety. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and, if required, fire extinguishers need to be in top working order and up to date with the latest safety regulations.

  5. General wear and tear:

    A bit of damage is expected, but you’ll want to watch for anything that’s gone beyond ‘a bit’. Damaged fixtures, broken flooring and any changes made without your permission should be on your radar.

Remember, as a landlord, you must adhere to many rules and regulations that constantly change. These include several laws around property inspections.

The good news is we can help take that load off your mind and handle all inspections, tenant relations and property management for you.

By staying on top of these five essential checks, you’re not just keeping your property investment in pristine condition but also building a solid, respectful relationship with your tenants.

What’s not to love about that?

Thanks for reading.

This post was written by:

Steven Herd

Steven's extensive 30 years of estate agency experience in London culminated in launching MyLondonHome, which has enabled him to bring together a hand-picked team to provide the high level of quality advice, market strength and service he is renowned for.

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