Owning a rental property means staying on top of things 12 months out of the year. That being said, circumstances change along with the seasons. With the winter months closing in, you need to think about what this means to you, your tenants, and your rental properties.
First things first, you need to make sure that your tenants have a working furnace to keep them warm. If they don?t, this is something you need to fix now, not later. Simply put, they have every right to withhold rent if you do not supply them with livable conditions.
Does your rental property get buried in snow during the winter months? If so, make sure you are ready to clear the proper areas during these rough times. For most, this includes walkways, steps, and sidewalks. Even if you have to pay somebody to do this it is a responsibility that you cannot forget about.
When the weather turns cold you need to think long and hard about what this means as a rental property manager. Are all your properties ready for winter? If not, now is the time to make a visit and get all the proper details in order.