In the rental property business, both the owner and tenant are accountable in maintaining the value of the rental property. While it’s your responsibility as the Landlord to keep the property safe and livable, your tenant is also responsible in keeping it clean and reporting issues in the property. Routine inspections are the key to keeping both parties in check.
When routine inspections are not done right or worse, not done at all, the property may become neglected and problematic for you as the owner in the long run.
Here are the 4 things you absolutely need to do when doing routine inspections:
Keep a checklist
Whether you’re doing it yourself or you have a Property Manager to do it for you, a routine inspection needs to be done with a checklist. This allows the inspector to cover all areas of the house – from the outside to the inside – and not miss out on anything.
Check for damages
The primary reason for a routine inspection is to see the condition of the rental property. You need to be on the lookout for minor issues or early signs of damage – and have them fixed right away. This allows you to avoid more severe (and expensive) problems later on.
Check for any breaches of the tenancy agreement
Review your tenancy agreement before the inspection and be sure no breaches have been made. These could include unauthorised pets or tenants.
Take note of any maintenance and repairs required. Photograph any damaged areas or structures for record keeping as well as for the tradesperson who will see to the maintenace or repair.
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