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Landlords have the legal right to check out their rental property while they are occupied by tenants. This can be done as long as the proper notification is given and the reasons for the visit conforms to state laws. Some states allow regular inspections while others specify that there must be a certain reason for the inspection.
Many landlords do a regular or at least an annual rental inspection. Landlords should always do a rental inspection when the tenant moves out. But what should landlords be looking for during a rental inspection?
What Landlords Should Be Looking For During a Rent Inspection
The number one priority for landlords when doing a rental inspection is to check for damages. However, a hasty inspection can mean landlords will miss needed repairs.
If the landlord can find problems early on, it’s much easier and less expensive to fix. If landlords discover damages after the tenant has moved, they have the option to deduct from the security deposit to cover the cost of repairs.
For a basic inspection, landlords need to check under sinks, check the smoke detectors, replace furnace filters, look for obvious signs of damage and verify that the unit is being used appropriately.
Here’s a video that gives a lot of detail on rental inspections:
How to Notify Tenants About Landlord Inspections
Too many landlords feel as if they are bothering the tenant when they want to do a rental inspection. They don’t understand that it is their right to do so. Even if tenants don’t want the landlord to enter, the law supports it with proper notice.
Many landlords include wording in the lease agreement that states that they will do regular inspections after a written notice. Other landlords make sure to send tenants a letter informing them of the upcoming inspection. There must be at least a 24-hour notice before a landlord can enter a unit for an inspection in most states.
Successful landlords never worry about what the tenant thinks when it comes to rental inspections. Inspecting a unit is a landlord right and a smart move to protect themselves and the rental. It’s important for the landlord to be efficient, direct and out quickly. Also, it’s important for landlords to check out their rental properties to ensure their real estate investment is being well cared for.