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Home Emergency - Winter Worries!

We were reminiscing in the Leaseguard offices this week, thinking about how this time last year we were up to our ankles in snow! That got us thinking - with colder weather fast approaching and more predicted snow this winter, how prepared is your property for this year's cold snap?

After last year's cold (sub-zero!) weather conditions we saw a rise in claims for things such as burst pipes and noticed that little problems were escalating as people struggled to get a hold of tradesmen!

Your insurance policy will cover the cost of any damages incurred but how will you source a quick repair job? With Leaseguard's Home Emergency product you won't have to worry about an emergency call from your tenant or sourcing a vetted and reliable contractor at short notice!

With Home Emergency from Leaseguard you can access a 3 way call system, day or night, which gives you instant access to assistance to resolve your emergencies quickly! You can also avoid that middle of the night wake up call from a tenant reporting problems - your tenant can contact the help desk directly 24/7, 365 days a year!

That's the middle of the night wake up call taken care of but what about the stress of having to locate a good, reliable and trusted tradesman? With Home Emergency you can rest assured that a fully trained, local tradesperson will arrive at an arranged and convenient appointment time. What's more, with the 3-way call system they will already be briefed on the job and will have the tools needed to complete the repair.

The benefits of Home Emergency cover from Leaseguard include:

Plumbing & Drainage

Sudden failure of, or damage to, the plumbing and drainage system. This includes leaking pipes, blocked drains, water tanks and blockages in toilet waste pipes.

Gas & Electrical Supply

Sudden and complete failure or breakdown of the electrical or gas supply within your property.

Security and Glazing

Damage caused to external locks, doors and windows which render your property insecure.

Pests

Professional extermination control of pests in your home including cellars and adjoining outbuildings.

Roofing

Damage to the roof of your home caused by storm, fallen tree or branches. (This cover does not extend to properties within blocks of flats).

Primary Heating System

Complete failure or breakdown of either the heating and/or hot water supply provided by your primary heating system.

 

Interested in our Home Emergency product? Why not give our friendly Insurance Team a call on 0845 345 0315 or email them at enquiries@leaseguard.co.uk to find out more!


Posted By Admin on Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Type: Blog

Landlord & Letting Show, Birmingham

When?: 16th-17th November 2011

Where?: NEC Birmingham

What time?: 10:00 - 17:30 (16th November) and 10:00 - 17:00 (17th November)

Why attend?

  • Comprehensive Exhibition
  • Free Seminars
  • Advice Clinics
  • Industry Experts
  • Leaseguard are exhibiting at stand number 1!

The event is free but you must book your tickets! Visit www.landlordshow.info for more info!

Don't forget to swing by stand number 1 and have a quick chat with our friendly, expert staff!


Posted By Admin on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Type: Event

Social Housing: Private Landlords Picking Up Slack?

With reports recently that Social Housing is becoming less and less accessible to the people who need it and the government showing no signs of investing in new social housing initiatives it is now falling to the Private Landlords to pick up the slack.

Just this week Lord Freud has said the housing benefit bill was "out of control" and that families who had a spare room and in receipt of benefits were to have their LHA slashed by £11-£20. His belief is that no recipient of LHA should be afforded the "luxury" of a spare room when many tax payers were unable to afford this luxury themselves.

Labour peer, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, has called the plan to cut the housing benefit of such tenants "claustrophobic" and advised that any savings to be made by the government in cutting this benefit would be based on people staying put rather than downsizing.

If they were forced to downsize due to cuts where would they go? There is already a shortage of social housing - does this mean more and more families will be pushed into the private rental sector?

Private Landlords now find themselves providing rental accommodation for some of the most vulnerable in society. They may find that the some of their tenants will be receiving Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to assist them in paying their rent; this money is paid directly to the tenants and we have heard of Landlords not getting their rent because of this.

Is there really a solution to this problem? Are you being affected by this as a Landlord or a Tenant? We would love to hear from you and run a short feature in a future blog!

If you'd like to get in touch you can contact us on 0845 345 0315 or email us at salesandmarketing@leaseguard.co.uk

Alternatively, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook - hope to hear from you soon!


Posted By Admin on Thursday, October 20, 2011 | Type: Blog

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