Property Inspection Rights Sunshine Coast

Rental Property Inspections – Know Your Rights

At Orchard Property Sales & Rentals, David Orchard and his Sunshine Coast property managers are committed to guiding both property owners and renters through the property inspection process.

In this latest blog update from the Sunshine Coast property management team at Orchard Property Sales & Rentals, we will explore:

  • Why rental property inspections matter
  • Right for property owners and rents in inspections
  • What is checked in a routine inspection
  • FAQs about property inspections

Why Rental Property Inspections Matter

Rental property inspections are a crucial part of property management, ensuring the property is well-cared for and addressing any maintenance needs. But do you know your rights when it comes to these inspections? Whether you’re a property owner or a renter, it’s important to stay informed. 

We look after our tenants as much as our landlords so that we can achieve long term tenancy.

What Is Checked In A Property Inspection

During a property inspection, the focus typically includes assessing the overall condition of the property, checking for:

  • any damage or necessary repairs
  • ensuring that maintenance tasks have been completed
  • verifying that the property is being used in accordance with the lease terms

Inspectors often look at the condition of floors, walls, ceilings, windows, and doors, as well as fixtures and fittings like light fixtures, faucets, and appliances. Outdoor areas, including gardens and balconies, might also be reviewed.

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Rights For Property Owners

Property owners have the right to ensure their property remains in good condition. Routine inspections allow owners to assess the property for maintenance or safety issues. However, these inspections are bound by rules to respect the tenants’ rights, including providing a minimum of 7 days’ notice using an official Entry Notice (Form 9), and conducting inspections no more than once every three months, unless agreed otherwise in writing by the tenant.

For more information on routine inspections and rights for property owners, visit the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) website.

Rights for Renters

Renters have rights too, especially when it comes to privacy and respect for their living space. The law requires property managers/owners to give at least 7 days’ notice before an inspection and to specify a reasonable time frame for it. Generally this can be a 2 hour window, or a specific time of entry.

According to the RTA, prior to an inspection tenants should:

  • clean and tidy the property
  • Conduct routine cleaning (e.g. dusting, sweeping/vacuuming)
  • remove any mould from surfaces
  • repair any damage
  • Take care lawn mowing and gardening
  • tidy up outside areas (e.g. decks, patios).

FAQs About Property Inspections

We get it, property inspections and different rights can be a little confusing. Let’s answer some frequently asked questions about property inspections.

How often can inspections be conducted?

Routine inspections can’t occur more than once every three months unless the tenant agrees in writing.

What notice period must be given before an inspection?

A minimum of 7 days’ notice is required, typically provided through an Entry Notice (Form 9).

Can inspections occur without the tenant present?

Yes, as long as proper notice has been given, inspections can proceed in the tenant’s absence.

Can a property manager enter the property without the renter’s permission?

Property managers or owners must provide proper notice before an inspection, typically 7 to 14 days. By law in Queensland, a minimum of 7 days notice is required.

What happens if damage is found during an inspection?

If damage is found, it will usually be discussed between the renter and the property manager. The aim is to determine if the damage is due to normal wear and tear or if it requires repair, potentially at the renter’s expense.

For a comprehensive overview of the rules and procedures surrounding routine inspections, visit the RTA website here.

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Contact Our Sunshine Coast Property Management Team

Understanding your rights concerning rental property inspections is crucial for a stress-free tenancy. Both renters and property owners have specific rights and responsibilities, and at Orchard Property Sales & Rentals, we’re dedicated to making the process as straightforward as possible.

If you are looking for a Sunshine Coast property management team you can trust, contact us today by calling (07) 5475 4500 or contacting us through our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

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