If you are renting a property in Australia, be prepared for regular inspections. Rental inspections allow a landlord to check their property to ensure it’s being cared for. In most cases, tenants will be given a good amount of advanced notice, so you shouldn’t have to worry about your landlord suddenly dropping by unexpected.
What an inspection entails
Typically, a landlord will arrange a walk-through of the rental unit to make note of any problems to review or repair. They’ll also make note of property damage or any issues that could be a violation of the rental agreement.
It’s important, if you expect to receive your bond back, or if you want to renew your lease, that a landlord isn’t worried about the state of their property or have concerns that you aren’t maintaining the home in an acceptable manner.
A typical inspection will include checking:
- To ensure the property is in a clean and tidy condition
- That the grounds are being maintained (e.g.: lawns mowed and weeds removed)
- To ensure there’s no property damage
- To ensure no more people are living at the rental unit than what is specified in the agreement
- To check that no pets are living at the property unless they have been agreed to
- To address and identify any maintenance issues
How to prepare for an inspection
As you should be given a reasonable amount of notice, prepping for a routine rental inspection doesn’t have to be stressful. Before the big day, consider doing some prep work, including:
A few days before the inspection, take the time to really clean the home. Clean and vacuum thoroughly and declutter your living spaces. If there’s a lawn or garden, show it a little love with some weeding and trimming. Before your landlord arrives, clean dishes, do laundry, and generally organise your rental unit so it’s tidy before your landlord arrives.
Handling any minor repairs
While your landlord is generally responsible for maintenance, if there are minor repairs to be done - like filling holes in the plaster or removing stains from the carpet - you should handle them before the inspection. A good rule of thumb when it comes to trying to decide if the repairs are your responsibility or that of your landlord is to consider who caused it. If you put a hole in the wall trying to hang a picture, for example, it’s your responsibility to fix it.
Making a list of items to discuss with your landlord
Go through your home and make a list of items that may need repair or may need to be discussed with your landlord. Leaky faucets or broken appliances are typically the landlord’s responsibility, and if you make a list of things to address ahead of time, you’re more likely to remember to bring them up during the inspection.
Making Arrangements for pets
Assuming you have pets, it’s a good idea to make plans for them when the landlord arrives. Some pets may find inspections stressful, especially if you are not present during their visit. Consider arranging for them to stay with a friend or family member. That way, they’ll feel safe and be less stressed.
How Instarent helps you prepare
Platforms like Instarent allow you to communicate easily with your landlord, making scheduling your routine rental inspection simple. Through Instarent, your landlord can suggest dates, communicate regarding follow up requests, and, if you’re not present during the inspection, alert you to their arrival and departure times.
Instarent also allows you to digitally sign your lease contract and keeps a copy on your account, so it’s easy to refer back to it before home inspections to recall certain details about your rental agreement - like what aspects of the lease are considered your landlord’s responsibility and what the general rules of the property you’ve agreed to.
Most rental inspections don’t last longer than 10 minutes. However, if there are any issues brought up with the landlord that need to be addressed, make sure you follow up in a few days after the inspection to ensure your issues or requests get dealt with in a timely manner.
If you’re gearing up for your first rental inspection, speak to the team at Instarent to see how we can help make your rental inspections a breeze.