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Routine Inspections – Photos, Landlord attendance

By Emma Smith

The purpose of conducting Routine Inspections of rental properties is to ascertain any future maintenance requirements, and to ensure that the property is maintained to a standard. It also provides an opportunity to talk to tenants about the property. We appreciate that our tenants advise us if there are any maintenance concerns so that we can bring these to your attention, particularly items such as wear and tear which may not be immediately evident when viewing the property.

What can a landlord inspect?
A landlord or agent can inspect the whole premises during an inspection. A tenant must keep the rented premises in a reasonably clean condition, except when the landlord is responsible under the lease agreement for keeping the premises in that condition. (Consumer Affairs Victoria)

Taking photos during inspections
We endeavour to take photos of each room during the inspection, however, to protect tenant’s rights, we are careful not to include tenant’s possessions. The purpose of Routine Inspections is not to check if the tenant’s have made their beds or if all the dishes are put away, but to ensure that the property is maintained and to bring to your attention any items that may require future attention, such as carpets worn or blinds deteriorating.

Quiet Enjoyment
In accordance with legislation, landlords have a right to enter the property between 8am and 6pm on any day (except public holidays)
• make one general inspection in any six-month period, but not within the first three months of the first lease agreement.
• value the property
• show prospective buyers or financial lenders through the premises
• show prospective tenants through the premises, if a notice to vacate (end the tenancy and leave the property) or notice of intention to vacate has been given. Prospective tenants can only be shown through in the 14 days before the termination date specified in the notice
• verify a reasonable belief that the tenant has not met their duties as a tenant; for example, damage to the premises or common areas, or using the premises in a way that caused a nuisance
• carry out duties listed in the tenancy agreement or relevant laws
(Consumer Affairs Victoria)

Landlord attendance at Routine Inspections
We do appreciate when landlord’s attend Routine Inspections, as this gives an opportunity for us to discuss any requirements. We will continue to take photos and notes to document the property, and will provide this information to you. If you are unable to attend a scheduled inspection, we will send through the report within 24 hours of completing the inspection.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 5251 5880 or via email on bellarine.rentals@raywhite.com

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