As the summer months approach, many areas around Australia will also enter storm season. There are a few things you need to do as a tenant to make sure you’re prepared for storm season. Taking some time to prepare now will keep you safe and help in making sure your property is ready for the summer months. Here are our top tips for getting prepared for summer storms.
Check for general maintenance
Keep an eye out for parts of your property that require regular maintenance. Think things like trimming big trees, keep drains unblocked and making sure gutters and downpipes are clear. Also make sure any broken windows or damaged louvers or doors are repaired in a timely manner to keep water out of the property.
Check your ceilings and roof
You don’t need to go climbing up a ladder for this one. Instead, look up to check your ceilings and roof for any visible signs of damage. If an area of your ceilings looks like it’s damp, let your property manager and landlord know as soon as possible so the ceiling can be repaired.
Report general wear and tear quickly
While making sure your property is in a liveable condition and general maintenance is carried out is your landlord’s responsibility, keeping your landlord and/or property manager updated about the property also helps to make sure repairs and maintenance are completed quickly. This is particularly important during storm season as outstanding maintenance could put the property and your belongings at risk of damage. Including a couple of photos of the area that needs repairs or maintenance also helps.
Secure loose materials and outdoor furniture
If you receive a storm warning and expect strong winds, make sure any outdoor furniture or loose materials outside are secured. You could move outdoor items to a safe outdoor area of your property or store it inside until the storm passes.
Keep in contact with your landlord and property manager
If there’s damage to your property after a big storm, speak with your landlord and property manager about what needs to be done to clean up the property, so repairs can be organised. In a worst-case scenario where your property is unliveable, your tenancy agreement may end, or other arrangements may be made while your landlord repairs the property.
Have emergency numbers ready
Always keep the contact numbers of your State Emergency Services (SES) and any other numbers you may need in a severe storm somewhere you’ll remember. Keeping these numbers with any other emergency supplies you may have such as a torch and battery powered radio is a good way of keeping everything in one place.
Remember, in the event of a severe storm, you should follow the directions of the emergency services organisations in your area.