One of the things which landlords need to do at all times is to keep proper records. Otherwise how can you prove that you have complied with the myriad of government regulations which apply to rented property?
However in this coronavirus emergency when many requirements are having to go to the wall due to the lockdown and other emergency measures, it is even more important that you record what you do – and also why you did it.
So you should record
The best way to do this is to keep a diary of events or ‘journal’ setting out what has happened and (in particular) why you acted as you did.
For example you may be challenged at a later date on something you did nor did not do during this period. If you can clearly show your reasoning – this could make the difference.
For example your reasons could include:
But, you may be asking, what is the best way to keep this advice?
The method you choose should be the method you feel most comfortable with and which you are likely to continue to use.
However I (Tessa Shepperson) have some guidance for you:
I have used Google documents for many years and have found them an enormously useful. For example I use them to draft up articles, prepare plans, and also to keep online diaries and records of events.
To help Landlord Law members I have created a short video where I demonstrate the methods I use and make suggestions for keeping your property records using the Google Drive system.
But do make sure you keep proper records. It could make a big difference to you one day.