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 In Lifestyle Property Management

Who is Responsible for Gutter Maintenance in A Rental Property?

When it comes to gutter maintenance of a rental property, the responsibility lies with the owner. Regular maintenance and clearing of the gutters is important to avoid damage which can lead to expensive repairs.

When it comes to gutter maintenance of a rental property, the responsibility lies with the owner. Regular maintenance and clearing of the gutters is important to avoid damage which can lead to expensive repairs.

‘Gutter maintenance falls under the general upkeep and maintenance of a property. It’s the owner’s responsibility to keep the home in good repair,’ says Marshall White property manager, Jade Wilson.

Often gutter maintenance is overlooked until damage has been done, resulting in expensive repairs. Clearing the gutters of leaves and debris, stops it from settling in the gutters, where rainwater can begin to accumulate. This can have a range of damaging effects on your property ranging from minor to major. Some examples of the potential damage includes a poorly functioning drainage system, water damage due to overflow, internal water damage in the roof of the rental property, warped and bent gutters which affect not only the appearance of the property but also the efficiency of the guttering, damage to roofing and decks as well as cracked foundations.

‘It is so important to carry out regular maintenance on gutters as it can prevent water ingress into a home. At least half of the leaks I encounter are due to owners neglecting to keep the gutters clean. When properties flood the water can cause damage to the fixtures, fittings and tenants belongings which can then lead to lengthy insurance claims,’ says Jade.

Additionally, if regular gutter maintenance is not carried out and there is damage to the property, your insurance may not cover the cost of the repairs because a lack of preventative maintenance may be determined to be the cause of the damage.

‘We recommend that gutters be cleaned every 12 months, however in some instances especially around the Albert Park area, many gutters have to be done every six months due to the oak tree lined streets,’ says Jade.

The signs of roof and gutter damage aren’t always obvious to the untrained eye, which is why it’s a good idea to schedule routine evaluations of your property by a professional building inspector. They can help you find areas of potential risk and assess the level of existing damage before they become worse.

As a tenant, if you notice any damage, it’s important to report the issue to your property manager immediately.

‘Tenants need to report any damage as soon as possible to their property manager and provide photos so that they can take the necessary steps to rectify the issue. If a ceiling is bowed with water or water coming in through light fittings then it is considered an urgent repair, however bubbling or stained paint on a ceiling is not deemed urgent, but still needs to be reported before it becomes more serious,’ says Jade.

Protecting the roof, foundation and structural integrity of your home is one of the best and most effective ways of guarding your investment, ensuring your investment property is a safe, sound structure for years to come.

If you need any further assistance or have any questions, please contact our Marshall White Property Management Team on (03) 9822 8711.

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