Property inspection checklist: what to look for

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Why a property inspection checklist is useful

A property inspection checklist is useful. It guides landlords on what you they need to look out for. Properties come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s easy to miss some things.

Property inspections are unavoidable. If landlords fail to check rentals often, they can’t spot issues before they become a big problem. It’s also a good chance to ask tenants how they’re getting on.

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Property inspection checklist summary

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Legal checks

Landlords should make sure they tick the following off their property inspection checklist:

  • Working smoke alarms
  • Working carbon monoxide detectors
  • Working heating, water, and electricity
  • Access to escape routes
  • Electrics safe to use.

Illegal activity and tenancy agreement breaches

Some of these can be hard to spot. Landlords should check for signs of:

  • Farming illegal substances
  • Subletting
  • Unauthorised pets
  • Smoking.

Health and sanitation

Landlords should check the property for things that could be a health hazard, such as:

  • Faulty plumbing or leakages
  • Blocked drains
  • Mould
  • Pests.

General condition

Keep an eye out for any damage or faulty equipment, and tick them off the property inspection checklist:

  • Doors and windows
  • Floors and walls
  • Furniture
  • Handrails
  • Loft and attic.

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What to do before a property inspection

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The first thing landlords must do is give the tenants notice. This should be at least 24 hours, but it’s polite to give a a few weeks. Then tenants can arrange to be there if they wish. Property inspections can feel intrusive, so it’s natural if they want to attend.

If tenants don’t agree to the visit, landlords must not enter the property. If they do, it could be deemed harassment. Tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment, which means they should be able to live in the property without the landlord disturbing them.

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What if tenants refuse entry?

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If this happens, landlords must not enter the property. The only time landlords can enter the property without consent is in an emergency.

There are a few things landlords can do if tenants refuse entry:

  1. Write to the tenant, and remind them they will be liable for damages if the landlord can’t make repairs
  2. Remind the tenant that inspections are needed to make sure the property is safe 
  3. Evict the tenant under a Section 21 Notice as the contract draws to an end.

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