Dan Phillips - Being an absentee owner, I have entrusted management of my Brisbane property to Rental Trends for a number of years now. All dealings I have had with Ann and her team have met my expectations over this time, and I would highly recommend Rental Trends for their professional management in protecting all property interests.
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 investors should be aware of and budget for.
In homes, villas and townhouses the maintenance of gutters and down pipes is always an issue. Many investors 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 you 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.