Regular inspections also offer benefits to tenants. Although we encourage tenants to promptly inform us of any issues as they arise between scheduled inspections, regular inspections provide an opportunity for them to discuss maintenance, repairs or minor alterations. Tenants are entitled to carry out minor alterations in accordance with legislation, but landlords may impose certain conditions. Minor alterations can include things like changing curtains, hanging pictures, adding shelves or starting a vegetable garden.
If a tenant causes negligent or intentional damage, they are responsible for the cost of repairs. By conducting regular inspections, we can promptly address any problems and issue breach notices if necessary. Discovering damage only when the tenant vacates can make it more challenging to recover costs. Such situations often lead to tense disputes, potentially requiring Tenancy Tribunal intervention. Tribunal hearings demand extensive preparation and clear evidence of the damage and when it occurred.
With our meticulous initial and regular maintenance inspections, we can provide irrefutable evidence, including photographs and written reports, that document the condition of the property before the tenancy began as well as at each inspection date and when damage was identified. This establishes a clear timeline of what damage occurred and when.
Inspection records are generally required by most insurance companies that offer landlord insurance. When filing an insurance claim, the first requirement of most insurers is evidence of the most recent inspections, supported by photographs. Failure to provide this information may result in claim denial. This is where having a property manager who keeps detailed formal inspection records becomes a real advantage.
Body corporate and Healthy Homes requirements
Under the Unit Titles Act 2010, body corporates are obliged to insure all buildings, land, and improvements. If your property is part of a body corporate, inspections are necessary to comply with the insurance policy.
All rental properties are also required to meet rigorous Healthy Homes standards, which establish minimum criteria for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture control, drainage and draught prevention. Most properties must meet the standards within 120 days of a new or renewed tenancy start date. For all other private rentals, compliance must be achieved by 1 July 2025.
Regular inspections play a crucial role in keeping rental properties compliant with Healthy Homes standards. Non-compliance can lead to penalties of up to $7,200.
Cowdy’s property managers are dedicated to looking after your property to the highest standard. If you would like to review a sample inspection report or discuss our services in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.