Landlords could avoid legal action thanks to a pioneering service
The Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers (ISSE) is launching a Home Log Book, which is set to revolutionise the property industry by providing the most in-depth, detailed examination of a property ever available.
Now it is encouraging private and public sector landlords to sign up for a Home Log Book inspection, which could protect them from expensive legal action should their tenants fail to care properly for their properties.
Tenants who dry clothes on radiators, use unventilated tumble driers, fail to open windows or use sufficient central heating can cause properties to develop condensation, which can turn to damp and mould.
Although the law states that landlords are not responsible if this happens, many landlords struggle to prove in court that the blame for damp lies with tenants and end up facing heavy legal and repair costs.
For an agreed fee, ISSE trained and certificated surveyors carry out a thorough examination of a property to determine the adequacy of ventilation.
They also look for other potential problems - such as if hazardous decorative or structural materials have been used - identify security features and examine the likelihood of external environmental impact, such as flooding.
The ISSE then issues the client with a full breakdown and report on the interior and exterior of the property, identifies what remedial work is required and can even provide quotes from professional tradesmen for the cost of carrying it out.
The ISSE Home Log book is then stored on a cloud-based system, along with supporting documents and guarantees, providing an easy-to-access paper trail showing what work has been carried out, when and by whom.
Landlords are not the only ones who can benefit from the ISSE Home Log Book surveys.
People planning to improve their home, buyers wishing to purchase a property and tenants preparing to sign a lease will all benefit from the Home Log Book, which uncovers hidden, internal as well as external, problems, such as toxic mould, not covered in standard surveyors’ reports.
William Kidd, Chairman and Fellow of the ISSE – which aims to improve standards and training within the industry - said: “By investing in a Home Log Book, landlords will have documented evidence of the condition of their property which, should there be any issue with their tenants, they could produce in court.”
Further information about the ISSE and the Home Log Book, which is operating as a pilot scheme at present prior to being rolled out across the UK, can be obtained by calling the ISSE on 0800 136779 or visiting its website at www.isse.org.uk