Handling your letting with careRegular inspections to examine a property and its condition when tenanted are extremely valuable for both the landlord and tenant. This is one of our core tasks and is vitally important in order to protect the property and your investment.

We advise that inspection visits should take place at least quarterly. If there are concerns about the way a property is being kept, then more frequent visits can be arranged.

The benefit of this is that it removes the danger of damage going unreported. If inspections are not carried out, maintenance issues can escalate and standards can slip as the tenant will be receiving the wrong signals from the agent or owner.  Importantly, by carrying out regular inspections you will be able to provide evidence with authority to the deposit service. 

Inspections can be a critical component in any claim that is submitted on the deposit at the end of the tenancy. They provide an opportunity to document key evidence on a timeline so the question of accidental or wilful damage to a property can be assessed.

An inspection is also an opportunity to make sure the tenant is living within the terms of their Tenancy Agreement. This could include things such as evidence of pets at the property, sub-letting, smoking or even not mowing the lawn if that was part of the initial agreement.

Once the inspection is complete, we will write a summary report for you logging our findings and a copy is also supplied to the tenant to make sure there is a universal understanding and everybody is on the same page. If the property is being looked after by the tenant, then everyone is happy and everyone should know this.  Likewise, if there are issues these should be highlighted so that all parties concerned are aware of what these are.

Any follow up action will then need to be confirmed in writing in order to create an audit trail which can be easily and accessibly revisited in the future if necessary.

Mike outside new office, may 2015 crop2As a Landlord under our Fully Managed service, this is exactly what you can expect along with many other benefits that combine to ensure a smooth and trouble free tenancy. If you are Let Only Landlord and manage the tenancy yourself, we would urge you to follow these principles to ensure your property is well cared for.

If you are looking to bring a property to the rental market or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01252 514000 or lettings@mackenziesmith.co.uk.