Storm Checklist

March 24, 2021 | JJ Taylor

What landlords need to know:

It is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure a rental property is maintained and kept in good working order.

To be prepared for storm season, landlords should:

  • Trim trees
  • Unblock drains
  • Clear gutters and downpipes
  • Fix any broken windows and replace missing louvers
  • On acreage properties ensure clear access to the property, remove fallen trees etc.

What Tenants need to know;

Prepare your home: Check all windows or loose furniture, tape windows if necessary and if possible, check guttering for any build up.

Pets: Don’t forget to check your pets are inside safe with water and food.

Backup accommodation: If your home is prone to flooding prepare to evacuate.

Emergency Kit: Water, batteries, non-perishable food.

Watch warnings: Keep an eye out on the warning updates on both social media and radio for helpful information in being prepared for and informed during a natural disaster event.

Contact: In case of emergency please contact your local SES 

For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000) 

Keep calm: As a community, we have been through this many times before.

Safety: Stay safe and look out for your neighbours and at-risk members of the community.

Tenant Procedures for Damages:

Take photos of any damages sighted and contact your property manager immediatly

Tenant’s home and contents insurance – contact your insurance provider if your belongings have been damaged. (landlords insurance does not cover tenants personal items) 

Mould – Take photos, contact your property manager

Wet carpet – take photos and remove all items on or around the affected area 

Leaking roof – Stay clear of the room until an assessment by a qualified tradesman has been completed. Turn off any light fittings in the affected area 

Leaking gutters – lodge a maintenance request to have cleared