Landlords may want to ensure they carry out preventative maintenance on their properties to ensure they are prepared for cold weather.
The AA urged homeowners to think back to the freezing temperatures experienced last winter and consider how they can avoid making an insurance claim.
Figures reveal the average claim not covered by a policy in 2010 was ÂŁ596, with the most common problem plumbing related and usually involving burst pipes or leaks.
As a result, individuals were advised to ensure pipes in their lofts or in exposed areas were sufficiently insulated and to turn off the water supply if the property is to be left unattended for an extended period.
Tom Stringer, of AA Home Emergency Response, said: “As many of us enjoy unseasonably mild weather there is a serious danger that we will forget the extremely cold winters of the last few years.”
Other tips included clearing drains and checking guttering and replacing any missing roof tiles.