THE IMPORTANCE OF LANDLORD PROPERTY INSPECTIONS
Inspections are often a nuisance for tenants and can be painful for landlords if the property isn’t being looked after.
We often speak to landlords who manage their own properties and never do inspections. This usually comes to haunt them when they need to re-let the property and it turns out the property is in a terrible state. It is often assumed that if the tenant is paying the rent on time then all is fine. The trouble is scruffy tenants or tenants involved in drugs are of course going to pay on time to try and keep their landlords away. They will probably keep quiet and avoid landlords having to visit their property for repairs at all costs.
Aside from this there are a lot of reasons why landlords/agents should perform regular checks on their properties. When we say regular we mean at least once every quarter (more than that could be viewed has harassment by the tenants and less than that will mean small maintenance issues not reported which could escalate and become big issues).
Inspections allow landlords/agents to identify small repairs or maintenance and nip them in the bud- often something as simple as a small leak or damp patch can escalate into an expensive job which could be damaging to the property. It is also important to document any findings on inspections as these could potentially be used in any deposit disputes at the end of the tenancy.
If there is a small amount of mould and/or scale build up in a bathroom identified we can speak to tenants early on to keep on top of it. Filled gutters, blocked drains and moss build up can be addressed as this is often something which tenants do not notice and report. Tenants don’t always fail to report things because they are being neglectful, often it’s because they don’t want to come across as a tenant that’s always moaning.
With regards to gaining access you have to be very careful about giving enough notice to go into the property and you HAVE to respect your tenant’s quiet enjoyment under Common Law. If permission is refused and you still go in because you have given 24 hours’ notice then it could be deemed as trespass or harassment. This is why it’s so important to have a good professional relationship with your tenants. Ultimately if a tenant continues to refuse access then you have to ask yourself why- what are they trying to hide? In this instance then it would be very sensible to question whether the tenancy should be extended and a notice to be served.
If you would like any advice letting your property then please contact us on 0121 445 7410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org