Total Landlord Insurance: With students vacating properties over summer, improve accommodation security

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Use this void time to undergo any repairs.

Security should be at the top of the list for each and every landlord, as it is important to stay up-to-date with health and safety guidelines as well as any legal regulations.

With the end of the 2012/2013 academic year quickly nearing and students preparing to move back home, this is the perfect opportunity for landlords to use the summer months to undertake any much needed work to their properties, recommends Total Landlord Insurance.

Although this void time will mean landlords lose out on summer income, leading locksmith organisation, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), is calling for landlords to review their current accommodation security – and make any repairs or upgrades to their properties.

Eddie Hooker of Total Landlord Insurance commented: “This time of year is a great chance for student landlords to review their security measures and see what needs fixing, how they can enhance their accommodation as well as carry out a risk assessment. Security should be at the top of the list for each and every landlord, as it is important to stay up-to-date with health and safety guidelines as well as any legal regulations.”

One issue that landlords should factor in is that of keys – noting down the last time locks were replaced, or how many keys to the property have been distributed. Another suggestion is to check the building’s exterior – and look out for any unlawful entry via windows, doors etc.

For peace of mind, Total Landlord Insurance advises landlords to take out buildings insurance cover, providing protection against any accidental damage to glass, theft by violent and forcible entry plus theft of keys and replacement locks – by choice of either essential or premier landlord insurance.

“Always go for a credible and reputable third party qualified locksmith for security installation within a tenanted property,” said Hooker.

“And when seeking out security advice, always go to the experts as they will be able to give you a good estimation of how much you should be spending whilst ensuring the correct measures are put into place. Members of the MLA for example are all instructed to follow a code of conduct as well as attend frequent training courses in order to improve their skills as well as make sure their qualifications are regularly updated.”

For coverage that’s as safe as houses, take a look at Total Landlord Insurance – cheap landlord insurance, portfolio insurance plus a number of other helpful services, contact the team for free on 0800 63 43 880 today.

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