30 August 2016
Periodic Inspections Explained
So you’ve moved into your rental property and are getting settled in. You’ve received an email or letter from your property manager or your landlord advising of a periodic inspection, you’ve been given anywhere from 7 to 14 days notice of the inspection. What now you may asks? My name is Amber Drummond, Head of Franchise Support at Raine & Horne SA.
Learn better by video? Check out Amber's presentation further down this page!
Your landlord or agent is required to provide you with between 7 to 14 days notice of their intention to inspect the property providing you with a 2 hour window for this to occur. A property manager has a job to do, they are contracted with the landlord to ensure that the property is being maintained and identify any potential maintenance issues to alert the landlord.
You are welcome to be present at an inspection but it is not necessary. Inspections are conducted during normal business hours and the property manager will use their set of keys to access the property. If you have any issues with the date & time inspection has been scheduled it is important to contact your property manager as soon as possible to make mutually agreeable alternative arrangements. It won’t always be possible to change the time of day etc as the property manager will often be conducting a number of inspections in your area on the date & time specified.
There shouldn’t be any extraordinary measures you need to go to to prepare for your periodic inspection. The property should be in a reasonable state of cleanliness and the lawns mown.
To help you here are a few items that are often overlooked that really should be addressed for your inspection:
Marks on carpets
Exhaust fans in bathrooms & kitchens
Marks on walls
Soap residue on shower walls & screens
Weeds in garden beds
Lawn mown & edged
Each of these items if left for extended periods can cause longer term problems.
At the end of the day your property manager is there to ensure that the property owner’s asset is safe and identify any possible issues. The report produced is communication between the agent and the owner and the tenant is not usually provided with a copy of the report. If any issues that need addressing are identified at the inspection you will be notified of the issue and given instruction how and when to have this fixed by.
If you have any concerns about your inspection I urge you to speak to your property manager to discuss.
Hopefully this has given you a little more information to explain periodic inspections.
Hope this information has been helpful, if you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact me.
Raine & Horne South Australia
0438 000 242