As you may be aware Gladstone and surrounds are still in a fully drought declared shire. In fact, almost two thirds of Queensland is now drought declared. The total area of Queensland that is drought-declared has risen to 65.2% after a significant lack of rainfall across central, southern and south east Queensland.
This has also meant that Queensland and most of the East Coast of Australia has endured significant fires over the last few years. As a landlord and property owner, it is important to minimise the risk of fire damage, drought proof the home and to ensure you have appropriate insurances where applicable.
What can you do to be prepared?
- Keep informed using the QFES Website and QFES Facebook page to monitor the updates they post
- Create your own bushfire survival plan
- Pack a “relocation kit” in case you need to evacuate
All of the above information can be located on the QFES website
Protecting your investment property:
Your investment property should be prepared for an emergency situation involving fire as much as possible from your side as the landlord, here are some things you may want to consider:
- Check your insurance and what you are covered for including appropriate excess
- Ensure and leftover building materials are in a safe place at the property – they should not be near the structure
- If a request to clear gutters comes through, ensure a quick response time and clear instructions for your property manager to have the task completed. If you are not in position to pay for this to be done by a contractor, your property manager would be happy to arrange access to the property to you or a friend or family member to complete this job
We have also sent your tenants an informative email with instructions to ensure they know what they can do to keep the property best prepared in the event of a bushfire.
At LOCATIONS, it’s important to us that we provide all of our clients and tenants with helpful information in order to protect both themselves and their investment properties, and to be prepared in the event of a fire emergency. Please get in touch if you require further information.