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4 Areas of Your Apartment to Speak to Your Landlord About Before Winter Hits

4 Areas of Your Apartment to Speak to Your Landlord About Before Winter Hits
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly on October 16, 2020

With winter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to begin making preparations to ensure that you can stay comfortable no matter how cold it gets. Since you are an apartment dweller, many of the components that help keep you comfortable are the responsibility of your landlord. Therefore, if you notice problems in any of these key areas, you will want to speak to your landlord to ensure that any issues are addressed before it's too late.

Roof


If you notice leaks in your apartment when it rains, your landlord will need to take care of repairing the roof before winter arrives. A roof in poor condition will struggle during the winter, especially under the weight of ice and snow. Plus, a leaking roof in the winter can lead to frozen pipes and other uncomfortable conditions that are entirely avoidable with quality roof repairs.

Water Heater


Although it's an inconvenience to run out of hot water at any time of the year, losing hot water in the winter is especially unpleasant. Therefore, if you've noticed that your water heater doesn't seem to produce as much hot water as it used to, it's important to speak to your landlord to get water heater repair as soon as possible.



What you don't want is for your water heater to completely die on a cold day when all you want is a hot shower.

Furnace


Without a doubt, one of the most heavily used components in your apartment during the winter is your furnace. Even if you don't notice any problems with your furnace, it's wise to speak to your landlord to ensure that the proper maintenance is performed on the unit. Proper maintenance will help ensure that your furnace uses less energy, which is especially important if you are responsible for your utility bills.

Windows


In many apartment complexes, the windows are one component that's overlooked most often. Since windows can be pricey to replace, most landlords neglect to replace them until it's absolutely necessary. However, since windows can be a major source of drafts, if you notice that one or more of your windows have a busted seal, it makes sense to point out these problems to your landlord before you end up with an uncomfortable apartment all winter long.

When speaking to your landlord, keep in mind that they likely have a lot on their plate. Therefore, when you put in a repair request, remember to be patient if it doesn't happen right away. Otherwise, you could find yourself on your landlord's bad side and find that repairs suddenly become very hard to come by.
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