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  • Property Management

    Five very good reasons to instigate mid-term property inspections

    Whilst the check-in and check out inventory are very important, mid-term property inspections are also extremely important and not to be under-estimated.

    Mid-term property inspections can ensure that a tenancy is running smoothly, as per the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement, and can ensure that the landlord does not get a nasty shock at the end of the tenancy.

    Pat Barber, Chair of the AIIC, had this salutary tale:

    “We had a recent case of a middle aged woman who lived in a 2 bedroomed cottage-style property for several years.

    The landlord was happy collecting the rent and never heard a word from her. On Check Out day the place was completely trashed. A couple of doors were literally pulled off their hinges, badly cracked and splintered. Large areas of wallpaper had been torn away and there were several holes and burns in carpets. A mattress was left in the garden soaking wet from a recent rainfall and the place was generally filthy.

    The landlord was shocked..

    “Our advice to landlords and agents is firstly make thorough and detailed checks before taking on a new tenant.

    Secondly, make visits to the property every three months, so that you can check its condition. If you fail to do this, you could be hit with severe and costly damage and find it uninhabitable for any new tenants, causing a void period while you repair and refurbish the property.”

    Here are five things that a mid-term property inspection would pick up on:

    1. Property being used as a cannabis factory. >>> huge increase in this happening.

    2. Property has been sub-let. >>> increase in these scams.

    3. Tenant is keeping unauthorised pets. >>> We recently heard of a mid-term inspection that revealed that a pony was being kept in the utility room!

    4. Excessive wear and tear or damage to property.

    5. Damp and mould developing. Has anyone got any other stories of what a mid-term property inspection flagged up? It is recommended that these are carried out every 3 months.

    Letting prospective tenants know this might serve as a deterrent to tenants looking to use the property for nefarious activities.

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    Just up-dating this thread with some related topics:

     Tenant is a hoarder. What would you do?

    Landlord video of gross "hoarder" tenant's house

    This one picture will convince of the value of an inventory and inspections.

    Excrement video goes viral on social media

    And this video:



    Damage and costs of getting the property back into rentable condition would have been greatly increased if the landlord had undertaken mid-term property inspections and spotted the problem as soon as it started to arise.

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