The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks(AIIC) believe that landlords and letting agents should be vigilant in order not to be ripped off by maintenance contractors.
More contractors are taking advantage of those in the Private Rented Sector-by overcharging or failing to complete jobs-according to the firm.
The AIIC believes that employing the wrong tradespeople is costing landlords and letting agents thousands of pounds each year.
Patricia Barber, chair of the AIIC, observed: ‘This is a problem that seems to be becoming more common, but it’s something that landlords and agents can address easily. Before employing any tradesperson you should ask for a quote. You can also ask them to provide an updated quote once they have visited the rental property and assessed the situation.’
‘What’s more, by informing a tradesperson of your maximum spend or budget you can alleviate the worry of being hit with an unexpected bill. It is then up to the contractor to decide whether or not they want to take on the job,’ she added.
In addition, the AIIC advises landlords and letting agents to use reputable tradespeople and to utilise resources such as trustatrador.com.
Continuing, Barber said: ‘As well as using these sites when looking for a contractor, you should also leave reviews when work has been completed. This will help others to make decisions and contribute towards keeping these online directories as accurate and up to date as possible.’
‘When letting a property, you will always need to put aside some money for essential maintenance jobs. However, choosing the right contractor and making sure you receive quotes and inform them of what you’re looking to spend could significantly reduce your annual costs,’ she concluded.