Trust thy neigh­bour...

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

AS hol­i­day­mak­ers head off for their sum­mer breaks, re­search from the AA’s Home Emer­gency Re­sponse ser­vice shows that many house­hold­ers court do­mes­tic disas­ter when they leave their home empty with­out ask­ing a neigh­bour to “keep an eye out” for them.

Disas­ter has struck 21 per cent of hol­i­day­mak­ers who have re­turned to dis­cover a home emer­gency, such as a burst pipe, power fail­ures or smashed win­dows.

But an emer­gency could go un­no­ticed, as less than half en­trust a friend or neigh­bour with a spare key.

Oth­ers could be un­aware that any­thing has gone wrong, as only 52 per cent leave their con­tact de­tails with some­body.

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