As the number of coronavirus cases in the UK climbs, landlords are asking what they should do regarding their lets. It’s about time we jumped on the Coronovirus band-wagon.
Firstly, it is important that any response is proportionate.
There are a number of things landlords might want to think about now, and prepare for the future, should the outbreak escalate.
Naturally, we are of course referring everyone to the NHS.
Where there is low risk, ensuring you and your tenants, understand and follow advice on hygiene – basically wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, cough into tissues and dispose, wipe down surfaces and trying to avoid touching your face.
If you can email your tenants, then send them the link to NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or consider printing it and dropping copies off at the property.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
With more people living in close proximity, those living in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) means a higher risk of an infection spreading.
The official advice is for tenants to remain in their own room as much as possible, avoiding communal areas.
They should use separate cutlery and crockery, clean their own dishes and use a separate tea towel.
Where possible they should try to schedule routines so that the person self-isolating uses the bathroom last, uses separate towels and cloths, and cleans surfaces thoroughly – all easier said than done.
Anyone visiting a property on your behalf – agent, cleaners, tradespeople, inventory clerks – should be made aware if a tenant is self-isolating.
Consider whether the visit can be delayed. If it is unavoidable, for example and urgent repair, then visitors should avoid contact with the affected tenant and, again, follow hygiene guidance.
The RLA have recently released a fantastic guide to landlords and tenants, more information can be found here.