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Autumn Residential Lets Are A Win Win

Autumn is the time when property owners should ensure that their homes have incumbents for the winter months.

Whatever the circumstances for a house, apartment or cottage currently being vacant, now is the time to find a tenant, at least for the winter months, says Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA.

According to Charlotte, letting is a win win situation: “Having someone living in a property will ensure that it is kept at an ambient temperature and aired throughout the winter, minimising any risk of burst pipes and build-up of condensation.”

“It also becomes more obvious, during reduced daylight hours that a property is empty, which can increase the risk of break in. The heating can be left ticking over and lights can come on automatically, but nothing is comparable to a property being lived in.”

She adds: “Of course rather than the heating being a cost, taking on a tenant also adds an income stream, which can always be invested into improvements, before the property goes onto its next destination; be that holiday home next summer, launching to sell on the open market, or for the owner to move back in.

“At Balfours we use state of the art software to enable us to hold an extensive database of tenants who are currently searching for the right property, so finding the appropriate tenant is likely to be much easier and more satisfying than sorting out a burst pipe and the resulting damage,” she adds.

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