Routine Inspection

What does a Property Manager look out for?

A Routine Inspection is a regular, periodical inspection of a rental property performed by a Property Manager.  In Victoria, two inspections are permitted in a 12 month period.

The first inspection cannot be performed until 3 months into a new tenancy and then every 6 months after that.  Generally, a Routine Inspection usually only takes 30 minutes, depending on the size of the property and if any issues need to be reported and recorded through photographic evidence.

There are two main concerns a Property Manager has when performing a Routine Inspection. The first is concerning the Tenant – are they maintaining, taking good care of and keeping the property in a neat and tidy condition and the second is concerning the Landlord – are there any maintenance issues that need to be brought to their attention.   

During the inspection, the Property Manager will take photographs inside and outside the premises as part of a report for their records. A copy of the report is also supplied to the Landlord. The report is mainly to record the property’s condition, including fair wear and tear and anything that may need to be fixed or repaired. The report may also need to be used as evidence if something were to occur and the Landlord and Tenant needed to attend the Tenancy Tribunal.

So what are some of the specific things a Property Manager looks for? Listed below are the main focus areas of a Routine Inspection:

  • The property is being maintained in a clean and tidy condition – including clean oven, grill, stove top, range hood and benches, no soap scum build up in the shower, mopped and/or vacuumed floors.
  • The grounds are being maintained in a clean and tidy condition – the lawns are freshly mowed and edged, garden beds are tidy and presentable, all weeds removed, any pet droppings have been picked up and removed. 
  • The property is not being damaged in any way – burn marks in carpet, major marks and holes in walls, broken tiles or windows.
  • There are no more than the number of people specified on the tenancy agreement living at the property.
  • No pets are housed at the property, unless otherwise agreed to.
  • Any maintenance issues identified can be attended to.

By taking note of these tips, a Tenant should be well prepared for any rental inspection. It’s important to remember that a Routine Inspection is simply meant to ensure that the rental property is being well maintained. Routine inspections also allow the Property Manager to nip problems in the bud, preventing further damage and ensuring that repairs are completed in a timely and efficient manner. 

Tenants can also help make the process easier for themselves and the Property Manager by noting any damage and repairs needed as they arise and before every inspection. In presenting a clean, well maintained home at every Routine Inspection, a Tenant will also secure a positive inspection review and this will go a long way to obtaining a favourable reference and recommendation if they ever wish to move properties in the future.          

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