If you let out property and have to self-isolate during the coronavirus crisis, then you may be wondering how you can still be a good landlord.
Whether you – or your tenants – have to self-isolate for a week or fortnight due to coronavirus symptoms, or for 12 weeks as advised by the NHS due to being in a high risk group, there are ways you can still check on your tenants’ wellbeing without going to visit them in person.
Keep in touch
A key to surviving self-isolation is to maintain contact with those close to you and it’s good practice as a landlord to keep in touch with your tenants. They may be experiencing difficulties of their own during this time – such as a job loss and reduced income – or they may simply be feeling lonely, especially if they live alone and have to self-isolate for a prolonged period.
Give them a call or send an email – you could even chat with them face-to-face via WhatsApp, Skype or FaceTime if you’d like to. If they are having problems, it’s best you know as early as possible too.
Relax on the rent
Current government guidelines are aimed at protecting tenants, so evictions cannot be applied for during this time. If your tenants are having financial difficulties, it’s advisable not to pressure them for rent, with a view to sorting out a repayment plan at a later date. If you have a buy-to-let mortgage, you should be able to request a payment holiday from your lender.