Routine rental property inspections are a bone of contention with many tenants because of issues regarding privacy. And they’re not the most welcome addition to the to-do lists of landlords, rental property owners or their property managers, because of that response from tenants, and because they seem like a waste of time. Yet these regular property inspections can benefit those on both sides of the tenancy agreement, according to Baxton Property Management in Hobart.
Baxton said routine inspections can be conducted by owners, landlords or their property managers. They aren’t very time-consuming, and provide valuable information that helps both tenants and landlords alike. Both have obligations in terms of the Residential Tenancy Act which both focus on the property being in the same condition at the end of the lease, as it was at the beginning (subject to normal wear and tear). The property owner is expected to keep the rental in the same state of repair and ensure all services and appliances are functioning throughout the tenancy. The tenant, on the other hand, is required to keep it clean and tidy, and avoid damaging it in any way.
Catching Problems Early
The inspection means the landlord has the opportunity to check on the condition of the premises, to make sure any repairs or replacements are done before the problem becomes worse (and more expensive) to rectify. It also gives tenants a chance to point out any early signs of deterioration or malfunction regarding the structure or any appliances and services provided by the landlord.
It also gives both sides of the tenancy agreement a chance to check whether the other is keeping to their part of the regulatory bargain. The owner or property manager will get an idea of whether the tenants seem to be keeping their eyes on the ball regarding their obligation to keep the place clean and tidy, and to check if there are any sign of damage which may have occurred since the initial entry condition report. The tenant, on the other hand, has the opportunity to see whether or not the landlord takes action with regard to repairs pointed out.
How Often can Inspections be Held?
In Australia, different states have different rules for how often routine checks can be carried out, and what process rental property owners need to take with regard to gaining access to the property. On average, the inspections can’t be held more than four times in a 12 month period and the owner must give the tenant 7 days’ notice. But Tasmania doesn’t stick with the average.
Although inspections there are also limited to every three months, TAS allows for the first inspection to be held in the first month of a tenancy. It also requires a minimum notice period of only 24 hours, and provided the notice has been issued, the landlord can enter without permission. However, he or she can’t barge into the rental home at any hour of the day or night. Inspections can only be done between 8 am and 6 pm.
Routine inspections are among the services provided by reputable companies like Baxton Property Management in Hobart. Baxton boasts collective experience of over a century in its agents in the rental property field. This has allowed them to develop systems for carrying out fast and effective inspections on behalf of its rental property owner clients. Their system is based on the belief that these inspections are not “raids” aimed at finding fault and “busting” tenants for a small collection of dirty dishes or a smear of dust on the bookshelf but in order to ensure that the tenancy runs smoothly. Interested in hiring a property management company? Contact Baxton online.
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