The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a timely reminder to tenants to be aware of who is responsible for what in the event of damage to a rented property.
The warning comes in the wake of a terrible spell of wet and windy weather in December and January.
ARLA said that storm damage, power cuts and flooding could be unpleasant and stressful experiences for those involved, but being familiar with the tenancy agreement could help ensure any problems were sorted as quickly as practically possible.
ARLA President Susan Fitz-Gibbon said: “The recent bad weather has affected homes across the UK. As well as the inconvenience and expense suffered by homeowners, many tenants will have been caught up too, and it is essential that they know where their responsibilities lie if they do experience weather damage.
“Asking the right questions before you move into a rental property remains the best way to avoid future problems, but there are also a number of steps that one can take to allay concerns over the potential impacts of weather damage.
"In addition, I would always advise tenants ensure they fully understand the terms of the tenancy agreement and the responsibilities contained within it.”