With December somehow already upon us, landlords have been warned to make vital checks on their properties, to avoid being snowed under with problems.
Direct Line for Business has given advice for landlords to ensure that their boilers are in good condition before Jack Frost really begins to take hold.
Analysis from the firm indicates that the number of broken boiler claims rose by 37% last winter in comparison to 2013. These statistics snowballed further when compared to 2012, standing at 151%.
The main reasons for boiler breakdown were found to be cracks in the heat exchanger, faulty valves, leaking seals and frozen pipes.
Boiler warning for landlords as Winter arrives
‘Winter, unsurprisingly, sees a spike in claims for boiler breakdowns, so we hope that landlords have safeguarded their properties against catastrophes over the cold snap, ‘said Jane Guaschi, business manager at Direct Line for Business.
‘Making sure the boiler is regularly serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer can help avoid any future disruption and can also ensure maximum efficiency of the central heating system. It’s a good idea to schedule the service for the boiler at the same time as the annual mandatory Gas Safety Check,’ she added.