If your rental property is managed through a real estate agent, you should expect your property manager to perform a regular inspection.

This inspection is done as part of your agent’s responsibilities to the property owner for two main reasons:

  1. To ensure the rental property is being cared for; and
  2. That any repair/maintenance issues are reported/addressed.

In most tenancies, you should expect a routine inspection to take place at least 4 times a year.

Landlords and agents cannot turn up and ask to inspect your home or tell you they’re coming around the next day. By law, they must provide you with adequate notice.

You’re welcome to be present while a routine inspection occurs, but it’s not required.

An inspection will typically include the following checks:

  • Ensure the property is being maintained in a clean and tidy condition;
  • Check the grounds are being maintained in a clean and tidy condition (things like mowing, weed removal and lawn watering);
  • Ensure the property hasn’t been damaged in any way;
  • Confirm there are no more people living in the home than what you specified on the rental agreement;
  • Make sure no pets are living at the property unless they’re allowed to; and
  • Identify any maintenance issues

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