I really think it is pertinent to ensure you observe my 7 top tips when conducting an interim inspection visit of your rented property. Whilst we all understand that ultimately we are assessing the rental property for signs of damage and variance from the last inspection visit. However, that should not be the only thing we should be checking. It would be prudent of any landlord to address some of the following tips and implement them as part of your SOP (standard operating procedures) when conducting interim inspections. This way, you are likely to keep yourself on the side of hassle free tenancies.
Once you have made an appointment with your tenant(s) to conduct an interim inspection visit of your property, ideally with tenants present, consider the following:
Make sure you enquire whether your tenant’s personal details are still the same; contact numbers/email address/employment details. Your style of asking this question should be relaxed and just in conversation mode. At least if your tenants leave suddenly, you may have captured updated and useful information. It is worth adding a clause to your tenancy agreement stating that if their details change, to inform you.
Always take your duplicate set of your keys to check that they fit the lock. If locks have been changed, (you cannot stop tenants from changing locks), but at least in an emergency you have access.
Make a note of the current utility suppliers. I have heard of tenants switching names on bills to the landlord, so to avoid paying them – agents or landlords who are not on top of this get duped easily. By making sure that the tenants sign the interim inspection report on every visit, it just will add as further proof that they were in occupation and responsible for the bills during tenancy.
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