The purpose of a midterm property inspection is to evaluate the condition of a property during the tenants stay.
If something is wrong with the property, it should be addressed and fixed as soon as possible.
To prepare make sure you write down any questions or topics that you want to discuss with the tenant and ask your tenant(s) to do the same
Why are midterm inspections necessary?
They represent a chance to review the property’s condition, address any other issues that have been raised, and put a plan together for any positive changes if necessary.
It’s an opportunity to discover if any repairs are needed whilst highlighting maintenance issues which could cause big problems if left to the end of the tenancy.
There are also some specific key things that should be looked at during an inspection:
- General condition
- Smoke alarms, security & carbon monoxide detectors – are they still working?
- Lofts, attics and cupboards
- Damp and mould – are there signs of it?
- Outdoor environment
- Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings
- Heating and hot water systems
- Damages through attempted repairs
- Health and safety
Is there an inspection notice?
There are a few things to keep in mind before carrying an inspection. Make sure you give at least 24-hours’ notice prior to the inspection and ensure that the tenant is available or able to reschedule for another date if possible.
If anyone other than the landlord is attending the inspection, then the tenant should be informed of this and authorised it in writing.
For a more in-depth look at potential deposit dispute issues, check out our guide to Deposits, Disputes and Damages here.