Who’s responsible for rental property damage after massive storms?

first_imgWe manage a large number of properties around the Brisbane region. So, when announcements start getting sent out about severe weather patterns property managers start strapping on the head gear, getting the high vis out and bracing for impact.Many of our colleagues around the state, especially in north Queensland, have been inundated by calls of damage but in the inner city Brisbane region we faired quite well.The main areas of damage have occurred in flood prone areas or with properties that had pre-existing roofing issues.It is however a timely reminder for investors of the importance of insurance and addressing maintenance requests as quickly as possible.Insurance premiums that include flooding have spiked since the 2011 floods. Adding a flood cover to your policy can add thousands of dollars to your premium, so the question is often asked “do I need it?”.The large majority of the contents will be the tenants responsibility and fall under their contents insurance, which means even in times of flooding you may not need to claim.So its not always necessary. But it is insurance and when you need it you tend to really, really need it.Our advice to clients relates to ‘return on investment’, how much will it cost and can you afford to cover it if the worst happens? The answer to those questions holds the answer.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoWho’s responsible for the clean up when big storms hit.Planning for these emergency situations will ensure that when disaster strikes you and your property are as protected as possible.However, where costs can shift from tenant to landlords are in those situations where there are pre-existing requests for maintenance about leaking rooves or where blocked drains have gone unanswered.This can potentially put landlords in the firing line if they haven’t acted on these requests and what would have been a tenants cost can now be passed on to the owner.In this age of litigation and when consumer protection watchdogs are at their most alert it is essential landlords are up to date with their responsibilities. Maintenance must be kept up to date and there is now even more compliance certification needed.There is a lot of bottle neck legislation that pushes compliance onto landlords. Currently it’s a landlords responsibility to ensure safety switches are complaint, smokes alarms are checked and serviced as well as pool fences all certified to current state compliance laws. Checking these items has now created an entire industry of compliance services businesses and there will be more checks to come.Owning an investment property does come at a cost and providing shelter similarly comes with a responsibility. Every property investor should be allocating a portion of their annual budget for prevention maintenance, reactive maintenance, insurance and compliance.last_img read more

NFF Needs Urgent Overhauling, Says Sports Minister

first_imgDalung, who spoke to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhhammadu Buhari, said until the NFF was overhauled, the football governing body would continue to embarrass the government.He said the issue of non-payment of the allowances to the players and their coaches was not properly handled by the football governing body insisting that the footballers would have understood the position of the government if the NFF had properly engaged them.Dalung said: “The problem can be compartmentalized into two things: one is the inability to approach government with request for intervention because what we need is intervention. The budgeting of the sports is done by the administration. Ours is intervention, just like when you have a fire disaster, if they have requested for funds in time, the process would have been easier and I think that was not done.“And after the triumph it was not managed properly. There are issues of pending salaries of the coaches. The coaches have not been paid for a long time. The coaches too have these grievances alongside, I think it is a complex situation but the entire governance of football deserves an urgent surgery. If that surgery is not done we will always live with the embarrassment.“I am talking about the governance of football administration in Nigeria. Government has to do the surgery because they have been at the receiving end of the embarrassment. We must be prepared to do this to save the future of football in Nigeria. We must come together to find solutions to see how these issues can be tackled.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ‎Tobi Soniyi in AbujaMinister for Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has said that football governance in the country required an urgent surgical operation to stop incessant embarrassment to the government.He said this in Abuja while explaining the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to settle the victorious Super Falcons after winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations football competition held in Cameroon.last_img read more

Bolt back on track in Beijing

first_imgWhile the women’s discus and 15-hundred metres champions will be crowned as well. The Jamaican goes in the third heat of the men’s 200-metres.Silver medallist in the 100 on Sunday, Justin Gatlin goes in the heat immediately following Bolt’s.There’ll be medals decided today in the men’s 400-metre hurldes, 800-metres and long jump.last_img