Mid-term inspections - Are they worth the fuss?

Since the introduction of the deposit protection legislation, most landlords have a check-in inspection done pre tenancy, and a check-out inspection done post tenancy to highlight changes to the property during the term of the tenancy.

Having the check-in and check-out reports in place one might wonder whether it's necessary to inspect the property during the tenancy. The mid-term inspection is vital for a number of reasons, but by far the most important is to find and address maintenance issues early on. For the most part tenants are responsible and they look after your property in accordance with their tenancy agreement, they keep the property clean, well maintained, and contact you when they do not have heating or hot water. Unfortunately, even the most reliable tenants simply do not want to bother the landlord with small issues, ones which they deem to be a minor inconvenience but in fact could be causing major damage over time if not dealt with early on. On a recent inspection we found property with two issues which had not been reported:

The first was early signs of mould to a bathroom window, it seemed like a lack of ventilation, but on closer inspection we found a leak on a WC overflow on the flat above. Had this not been addressed it is likely that in addition to the mould the window would need replacing.

The second was evidence of light dampness on the reception room walls, again appeared to be the result of inadequate ventilation, after investigating we found a leaking rain water pipe causing water ingress.

Thankfully we carried out the regular inspection and found the issues. Once we identified the actual cause of both we were able to arrange the necessary repairs, thereby addressing the problem and avoiding more costly repairs in the future. Why not contact Abacus Estates today to discuss how our Property Management Team can assist you to maintain your most valuable asset.

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Property Valuations
We offer a free, no obligation valuation service. We prepare and research thoroughly before we visit your property - always by appointment. We know the correct valuation for your property because we are local experts and, in any case, the more valuations we do, the better our guide will be. Please contact us to see how we can help you.
Quality Marketing
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Property Management
Let us take the strain and anxiety out of managing your property with our hands-on approach. Our landlords can be assured that we will act on their behalf and with their best interests at heart. To ensure a fast, efficient and informative service for our landlords, we have installed the latest computer technology so that clients' payments can be made by electronic transfer, followed up with a detailed statement of accounts.
Legal and financial advice
Moving house can be one of the most stressful times of your life. However we know that by using our friendly, recommended law firm, Curry Popeck, that your conveyancing work will be dealt with speedily and efficiently. Stonehouse Financial is our recommended partner for mortgages & Enra Group for second charges, investment funding or bridging.
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Relocation Assistance
We are proud to be affiliated with Aussie Man & Van removals who are a market leading relocation firm covering the whole of the UK. They provide reliable relocation services and are fully insured by the BAR to give you the utmost peace of mind while your belongings are being moved.
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Maintenance
Our maintenance partner is APS Maintenance Ltd (APS) who have many years’ experience in residential property maintenance and building. With fully certified employees on call 24 hours a day, they provide an unparalleled service and speedy response to all maintenance issues.
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