Routine rental inspections can be an inconvenience for renters. Still, there are many mutual benefits to conducting them that make it worthwhile. Whether you’re a renter or a rental provider, here are some pointers to help you better understand the process and use it to your advantage:
What are routine inspections and what are the rules?
Routine inspections are purely a visual inspection of the premise conducted to ensure the property is in good condition.
- The residential rental provider can conduct them twice in a 12-month period.
- The renter is entitled to a week’s notice and can decline and request for reschedule if the 7 days haven’t been provided.
Why are routine inspections important for residential rental providers?
To get a clear picture of the property’s condition, property managers create a detailed checklist of things to inspect, and evaluate the state of the property against this checklist. This ensures that residential rental providers can avoid overlooking any potential problems and rest assured that renters are properly maintaining their property.
Some of the things property managers inspect include:
- Living rooms & bedrooms: lights (switch on and off to check they are all working), air conditioners (clean filters), and walls & floorboards (no cracks or dampness).
- Kitchen & bathroom: sinks and plumbing (no leaks or dripping taps), kitchen appliances (no built up grease around the oven, stovetop and rangehood), tiles and surfaces (no debris, soap scum etc.)
- The outside of the property: Lawns, gardens, gutters, and trees are all well-maintained, and all doors and windows freely open, close and lock.
How can renters prepare for a routine inspection?
The priority is cleanliness and keeping everything in good general condition.
And even though it isn’t a legal requirement to keep things neat, property managers do notice it and will leave behind positive feedback on their report. Seeing this gives the residential rental provider peace of mind and will make it more likely for them to renew the lease in the future.
Renters should also use these inspections to their advantage. Not only is it an opportunity for them to talk about maintenance and raise any issues, such as faulty appliances or worn carpet that needs replacing, but it’s also a good opportunity to request important upgrades that would improve the living situation. To improve the chances of getting issues addressed quickly, we suggest renters alert the property manager to these concerns ahead of time.
By staying on top of any problems that arise, routine inspections help property managers make sure that the home is always in excellent condition. They ensure a positive renter & residential rental provider relationship, provide renters with a chance to address any issues, and help rental providers maximize their investment for years to come!