Looking after your home
Advice and guidance for Looking after your home
- Condensation Information on condensation and how to prevent it.
- Burst and Frozen Water Pipes The big freeze can bring problems inside your home and if you live in a flat it can also involve your neighbours. It is worth taking steps now to protect yourself and your home.
- Eyesore Homes Some homes and gardens can look a mess. It is the responsibility of owners (and tenants, where rented out) to keep homes and gardens looking presentable.
- Dirty, Cluttered or Smelly Homes Sometimes life gets on top of owners or tenants and their home can get cluttered, smelly or sometimes badly soiled. No-one sets out to live in these conditions and it's often the result of other complications in life.
- Hoarding Many people are better at bringing things into their home than getting rid of them. In some cases, this can become a significant problem as rooms fill up with items which they find difficult to part with.
- Infected, Infested or Contaminated Homes Occasionally, occupiers of homes may have health, social or other problems which means that their homes can become contaminated with human waste, rotting food and other biological or chemical contaminants. Pest control and public health problems can also arise where there are no health or social problems, including mice, flies, bedbugs and other insects.
- Maintenance and Disrepair Homes that are not properly maintained are not pleasant to live in, may be unhealthy and will only get worse with time. The longer maintenance is ignored, the more time consuming and expensive it is to sort out. Homeowners have responsibility for maintaining their homes, whether they live in them or rent them out.
- Homes in Disrepair All buildings need to be maintained to keep them performing as they should, keep them safe and to avoid problems getting worse over time. Different standards apply depending on the type of tenure.