Landlords urged to prepare empty pubs for winter

By Gurjit Degun

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Empty pub owners have been warned to prepare their property for the winter to avoid damage in harsh weather conditions.

The Vacant Property Specialists (VPS), which manages empty properties, is advising landlords that now is the time to prepare vacant pubs to protect them before the anticipated cold weather sets in.

Managing director at VPS Nick Tubbs explained that darker evenings can also result in an increase in crime.

He said: “The threat of significant damage to vacant property during winter is very real and can cost thousands of pounds to repair as well as potentially delaying new occupants from moving in. We are encouraging property owners and managers to take action now and follow some simple steps to fight the freeze.

"Many pub owners underestimate the catastrophic effect that water damage can have on vacant property. Cold weather can cause water systems to freeze, leading to burst pipes and significant damage from water ingress. This can result in a major clean-up bill costing thousands, or in the case of listed or heritage buildings, sometimes hundreds of thousands of pounds.

"For pub owners, this is an issue that can be avoided with a simple drain down of utilities. At a time when pub owners are already facing many operating difficulties a few simple steps to prepare for winter can help reduce unexpected costs and hassle."

Tips to keep your empty pub safe during winter

- Inform your insurer
- Drain down the water system
- Check guttering
- Clean and clear of rubbish to prevent pest infestations
- Safe and secure, vacant property can become an easy target for vandals, trespassers and squatters
- Inspect for mould
- Roof repairs
- Turn off all utilities
- Window treatment
- Regular inspections

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