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As any experienced letting agent or landlord can advise you, ‘expect the unexpected’ when it comes to rental properties.

And that’s why it pays to follow the Scouts’ motto and “be prepared”.

Being prepared for any eventuality can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a full-blown catastrophe if you’re a landlord. 

With that in mind, I’ve created a Landlord Emergency Kit. 

Let’s dive into five essentials that can save the day.

1. Back-up keys

Locked-out tenants? Spare keys can quickly resolve this common issue. Store them in a secure yet easily accessible place, and always have duplicates for all doors and gates on the property.

2. Important contacts list

A printed list of essential contacts can be invaluable, whether it’s an electrician, a plumber or emergency services. Make sure to also have digital back-ups, ideally on your smartphone.

3. Basic tool kit

From tightening a screw to securing a loose gutter, a basic tool kit can help. Include essentials like a hammer, screwdrivers, a wrench and pliers.

4. Property information folder

Keep an organised folder containing essential information about the property. This can include gas shut-off locations, water mains and electrical fuse boxes. It can also feature your insurance policies, guarantees and tenancy agreements. It’s a good idea to keep this in a printed folder and have a digital cloud version. 

5. An experienced letting agent

In urgent situations, an experienced letting agent who knows their stuff is the difference between a drama and a crisis. A good letting agent is experienced in emergency protocols and can coordinate repairs or services at the drop of a hat. They’ll have vetted contacts, ensuring you get reliable and swift service. And if you’re in the thick of an emergency, they can be your point of contact for tenants so you can focus on the bigger picture.

With a well-equipped Landlord Emergency Kit at the ready and a good letting agent within easy reach, you’ll have peace of mind and instil confidence in your tenants. 

Contact me today to find out how I help local landlords maintain peace of mind and keep tenants happy.