It’s impossible to miss the tinsel, wreaths and Christmas jumpers that have sprung up all over the country in the last couple of weeks which can only mean one thing – it’s nearly time for us all to down tools, enjoy lots of food and the joys of Christmas TV.
As you know however, you can never fully switch off from your responsibilities as a landlord, whether that’s making sure your property is kept in good condition over the festive period, completing deposit disputes or even taking on new tenants.
There are a couple of things you can do to make sure your properties are in order, ensuring the safety of your tenants and hopefully a stress-free Christmas for you.
Are your tenants leaving the property over Christmas?
Our adjudication team receives a lot of claims following severe winter weather. The majority are usually the result of burst or frozen pipes at student houses where tenants had left the property to spend Christmas with their families.
In the worst cases seen by our adjudicators over the years burst pipes have resulted in damage to carpets and flooring, kitchen appliances needing replacing and claims for lost rent whilst damage is repaired. Some landlords have faced repair bills of several thousand pounds.
To avoid this stress and expense, contact your tenants to see if they’re going away for the festive season, to ensure that the proper measures are taken to avoid this kind of damage.
Be aware of evidence submission deadlines
If you’ve currently got a deposit in dispute then don’t forget to stick to your evidence submission deadlines. The DPS is not extending any deadlines but is making allowances for bank holidays so if you’re concerned about a deadline then get in touch so we can see what we can do for you.
Our Christmas opening hours
If you’re taking on new tenants over Christmas or the New Year you can submit deposits at any time online. If you need assistance our contact centre opening hours are:
Monday 24th – 8:30am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 25th – CLOSED
Wednesday 26th – CLOSED
Thursday 27th – 8:30am – 5:30pm
Friday 28th – 8:30am – 5:30pm
Monday 31st – 8:30am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 1st – CLOSED
You can also get in touch via online form or why not ask Emma, our online customer service agent.
Finally, a very merry Christmas to you from everyone at The DPS!