Landlords told to be aware of ‘rogue maintenance contractors’
Landlords are being advised to watch out for ‘rogue maintenance landlords’ by the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).
The AIIC has urged landlords to keep their eyes open when it comes to employing maintenance contractors, stating that landlords can easily fall foul to contractors who don’t complete a job properly or who overcharge for the work.
In accidentally employing rogue contractors, landlords can potentially lose hundreds if not thousands of pounds per year.
However, the solution is a simple one for landlords: request a quote before any work is carried out. The AIIC also advises landlords to check credentials, seek recommendations, or use other resources, such as checkatrade.com.
AIIC chair Patricia Barber, in providing advice to landlords, said: ‘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’.
Given that the issue seems to be increasingly common, if landlords take steps to make sure they are not being ripped off by rogue contractors, they can save themselves money – and prevent stress – as a result.
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