With the Government now relaxing some of the rules, we open our minds to think about how to get some normality back to our lives.
Throughout this pandemic, as landlords in the Private Rental Sector (PRS), you are still legally obliged to meet the required standards to the best of your ability, however carrying out non-essential works or inspections has been more difficult to navigate, until now.
So with the rules now relaxed a little, we want to share some helpful tips and guidance as to how you can now address any maintenance issues that may be required or had to be delayed, and also how to now carry out property inspections or viewings to ensure that the property is in order and that the tenants are well.
The safety of the landlord, agent, contractor and the tenant(s) must always be paramount in all situations.
Naturally, all parties could be feeling incredibly nervous about entering or allowing entry in the property, so we have put together some helpful hints and tips to minimise risks to all parties if access to the property is required:
- Always check all parties are happy for any access to take place. Firstly, and foremost, contact the tenant(s) to ensure they are happy for all parties to enter their home. If they express a wish to not allow access, this cannot be penalised. They are well within their rights during this pandemic to deny this access, unless there is a problem that would put their health or safety in imminent danger.
- Before anyone enters the property, ensure that all parties have not presented with any symptoms of the Corona virus. (Full symptoms can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) If anyone has presented with any symptoms, then it is best NOT to enter anyone else’s homes, to safeguard all parties.
- If the tenant(s) can leave the property whilst any works, viewings or inspections are being carried out, this would be the safest option. However, this may not be possible in all circumstances, so everyone must always obey the government’s two metre social distancing guidelines at all times.
- Before anyone enters, the tenants must ensure that all doors in the property are open to minimise any touch transfer risks.
- Before anyone enters the properties for any works, the tenant must clean and sanitise any areas that may be touched during the works, and then the tenant must ensure that the areas are cleaned down thoroughly again afterwards.
- Try not be in the same room as anyone who is not a member of your household.
- If the tenant(s) are over 70, have a long -term medical condition, have cancer or weak immune system, or are pregnant, then ideally all non-essential works, inspections, and viewings, should be delayed where possible.
- If an inspection or viewing is required on a property, the first port of call would be to see if this could be carried via phone or video call. If this is not possible then the above points should be adhered to.
At all times everyone involved should use a “common sense” approach to all decisions being made. They must also observe the Governments guidelines to reduce the risks of anyone spreading Corona Virus. (Full guidelines can be found:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/).
KeyRing Lettings are 100% dedicated to providing the highest level of service to Landlords and tenants throughout the whole of the Mendip area, whilst ensuring that all safety measures are in place. Please contact us to find out more information about our services.