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Why does the agent need to inspect my property?

Why does the agent need to inspect my property?

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After a renter moves into a property, the agent is able (and in some cases – required) to inspect it periodically.  There are certain rules about the inspections to make sure a renter’s rights and privacy is protected, and to make sure the inspections aren’t too frequent, or conducted with too little notice.

Here is the like of why an agent can inspect a property while it is rented.

What is the purpose of property inspections?

  • General or Routine inspection.

Inspecting the property to make sure it’s in good condition (this is also sometimes called a routine inspection).

  • Repairs or other legal responsibilities

Making repairs or doing something else the law says the owner must do like safty checks.

  • Showing the property to renters. , buyers or lenders.

Showing the property to people who might want to rent or buy it in the future or to people who might lend the owner money based on the property’s value.

  • Having the property valued

Showing the property to a professional valuer or real estate agent.

  • Taking photos or videos

Taking photos or making videos to advertise the property.

  • Renter has not met their obligations

Having reasonable grounds to believe the renter has broken their legal obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act or their rental agreement (for example, the renter has damaged the property).

  • Family violence proceedings in VCAT

Inspecting the property for VCAT proceedings if a renter has applied to end or change the rental agreement because of family violence).

Usual reasons for an agent inspecting a property.

The most common reason for an agent inspection is for a “routine inspection”. These inspections are permitted every six months. The first one is permitted within 3 months of the lease commencement and then every 6 months after that. The main purpose of a routine inspection is to make sure the apartment is being looked after. It is also an opportunity for the renter to let the agent know about anything that needs fixing.

Often, the second inspection, 9 months after the start of the lease, is a good time to discuss a further lease term (assuming the initial lease term was 12 months).

Another reason for an inspection, may be for a sales agent appraisal or more formal valuation. A valuation may be required as part of financial advice for loan, taxation, or sales purposes.

Otherwise, apart from access for trades people to do works or service the smoke detectors, a renter should not be interrupted too often. Obviously urgent repairs will require immediate access to ensure a renters safety.

How much notice is required by an agent to inspect a property?

The notice period for an inspection depends on the purpose of that inspection.

Minimum notice required
General inspection (routine inspection)7 days
Repairs or other legal responsibilities24 hours
Showing the property to renters, buyers or lenders48 hours
Having the property valued7 days
Taking photos or making videos for advertising7 days
Believing the renter has broken their obligations24 hours
Family violence proceedings in VCAT24 hours

If you would like to know more about all the specific details about when an agent can access a rental property the Consumer Affairs site is the best place to look. Here is the link .

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