Routine inspections are an integral part of your obligation as Landlord or Property Manager. While each state has their own rules and regulations around these inspections, the common purpose is to ensure that each tenant is holding up their end of the rental agreement and maintaining the property to a satisfactory standard.
How often you should be conducting inspection depends on your state legislation. In Queensland, the permitted time frame is every 3 months. As a general rule, it is recommended you conduct a routine inspection at least twice a year. This helps to ensure that the property is well maintained and that any issues can be tended to promptly.
In general, the things you should be looking out for during your routine inspections include:
- The overall cleanliness and presentation of the property.
- The condition of the property’s walls, floors and ceilings in each room, as well as any fixed appliances and other fittings. Keep your eye out for any damage that may have occurred since the last inspection.
- All lights, light switches and smoke alarms are in working order.
- All doors and windows are in good condition, with no damage or issues opening and closing.
- Check the locks on each door and window.
- The condition of any pool and boundary fences.
- Any trees overhanging the property that could present a danger to the structure or tenants inside.
- Any other signs of damage or illegal/suspicious activities that need to be reported and dealt with accordingly.
Make use of technology and property management software to keep track of calendars and checklists, access previous reports and photos, and easily generate inspection reports. Also, consider a more hybrid model, utilising a mix of on-site and remote inspections based on individual tenant circumstances.
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