If you several rental properties, you know that regular property inspections are necessary.
However, you can’t just turn up and inspect your rental property inspection at any time. The Residential Tenancies Act state 2 rules which you must follow.
- Landlords have to give at least 48 hours notice to the tenant that there will be a property inspection.
- Landlords can’t inspect more often than once within the last 4 weeks. In practice, inspecting once every 3 to 4 months will suffice.
What should you look for?
We have put together a Property Inspection Checklist which you can download here.
I have divided the checklist into 8 main sections
- Bedroom one
- Bedroom two
- Bedroom three
A natural place to start the inspection is from the entrance at front door.
Greet your tenants first.
At the start, you can ask the tenant if anything is damaged or needs to be fixed. Make a note of it in the appropriate section in the checklist. Then we you come to it, you can ask the tenant to elaborate and give more details.
It’s a good idea to do the inspection together with the tenant. In that way, if something is broken, the tenant can explain how and when it happened. You can decide whether it was due to fair wear and tear.
Take note of the condition of the front door. It made need to be repainted every few years. In general, as you walk through the house, inspect at the carpet, lights. windows, ceiling and walls. On the checklist, if you agree the condition is acceptable, put an “A”. A stands for acceptable If you decide something needs attention, put an “N” and write a comments in the third column.
For bathrooms and sinks, check the taps are in working condition and not leaking. Mould near the windows can be an issue. Particularly, if the house is damp and does not get much sunlight. You should suggest to the tenant to use mould remover cleaning liquid to get rid of it.
For the exterior of the house, check lawns are mowed and gardens are kept tidy. If you have a tenant who is a mechanic and likes to fix cars on your driveway, then you may find the driveway needs to be waterbalsted to get rid of the black marks.
At the end of the inspection, give your feedback to the tenant. If you have a list of things you require the tenant to do, make them write it down for them. Have them sign the checklist to acknowledge the inspection was done.
As you grow your property portfolio, you may outsource this to a property manager. But its always good experience, to take part in these property inspections. In this way, you get to know the tenant and also get an indication of when the property may need some renovation.