Landlords or sellers with empty properties need to take extra care during the winter months.

To help protect against frozen pipes heating should be set to come at a low level for certain times during the day.

If the property is going to be shut up for an extended period of time then there will be no ventilation which could lead to damp or mould problems.

This time of year, especially with falling leaves, there is a higher chance of drains being blocked and gutters becoming clogged. This in turn can become even more serious should there then be a freeze.

Keeping a close eye on any property is important.