How often should a Rental Owner or Property Manager Inspect A Rental?
It is a good idea to inspect your properties on a regular basis. If you don’t do it often enough, you may miss some things and could turn into serious problems. You also could risk the rate of not maintaining a solid relationship with your tenants. More communication is better than not enough.
Your lease agreement should detail about your inspection policy. If you don’t have an inspection policy, that needs to happen immediately. Technically, you can stop by your rental properties at any time you feel like it, but only to inspect the exterior of the property. You can’t just enter the rental premises any time you feel like it to check on a tenant. This can open you up to risk.
You need to give your tenant at least 24-hours notice before entering the rental until. THe notice to them should state why and when you intend to be there and what time you will leave. Make sure you are not violating your renters rights by checking with your particular state and local laws. This is also why many owners hire a Property Management Company like, Picket Fence Properties.
Here are some great times to inspect your property:
- When the tenant moves in – this can also be a move-in inspection
- When a tenant is moving out – This is done when they are departing the rental unit so you can determine the final condition under their lease. Renters will take better care of rental units if they know you’ll be inspecting them on a regular basis.
- Routine maintenance checks – this helps you maintain the property upkeep and value. It is a great way to keep you tenant satisfied too as it feels like customer service, ensuring that all things are working great for them.
- Check for unauthorized tenants – This is common when a family member overstays or when a tenant begins to house a significant other. This is usually an easy fix to change the terms of the lease and how is living in at the property.
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