A new investigation has discovered that many UK landlords are not taking the security of the gardens in their rental property seriously enough.
Data from online garden furniture retailer Rattan Direct suggests that 27% of UK homeowners do not lock their gates or doors to their garden or outdoor space.
Despite home security being at the top of many landlords’ priorities, the investigation shows that this does not carry on to their gardens.
80% of property owners owned up to leaving valuable items, such as bicycles and tools, in their garden. Only 7% of these people noted that they keep these types of items locked away in a shed or in their property itself.
As a buy-to-let landlord, you have an obligation to keep your garden or outdoor space secure, not only for yourself but for the tenants that you are letting to. What’s more, you will face issues with your landlord insurance policy if you do not make sure the contents in your property are sufficiently protected.
Not only do you have an obligation to keep your garden or outdoor space secure, you also have a responsibility to maintain it to a high standard. The recent warm weather has seen many people fire up the barbeque, slap on the factor 15 and blow up the paddling pool. As a buy-to-let landlord, it is your duty to provide a garden fit to play host to these activities!
A well-kept garden space is particularly important should you be looking to attract a family or renters with children.
There are a number of measures you can take to ensure your garden is looking good all summer and beyond!
And when you have finished, why not treat yourself to something cool in your own garden!