Routine inspections are carried out to ensure the property is well cared for and to check if there are any maintenance or health and safety issues.
A routine inspection is not a housework inspection; the person inspecting the property should appreciate that people are living there. However the tenant should have the property in a good condition on the day of inspection.
Routine inspections cannot be carried out more than once every 3 months (unless the tenant agrees in writing)
The tenant must be given a minimum of 7 days’ notice for entry, using an Entry notice (Form 9).
Entry can be at a specific time or a property manager/owner can give a 2-hour window (e.g. entry to occur between 9-11am).
The tenant should inform the property manager/owner of any maintenance issues as soon as they occur. Most property managers/owners prefer non-urgent requests in writing.
Other inspections may be carried out in response to specific issues such as a leaking tap or stove element not working.
Routine inspection checklist
Many property managers provide checklists for routine inspections.
Things for the tenant to consider may include:
cleaning and tidying the property
routine cleaning (e.g. dusting, sweeping/vacuuming and cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces)
removing any mould from surfaces
lawn mowing and gardening
tidying up outside areas (e.g. decks, patios)