At the halfway mark of a tenancy, it’s important to inspect your property to evaluate its condition.
This way any problems in the property can be identified and fixed before becoming more expensive or beyond repair.
Additionally, mid tenancy or interim property inspections are useful in making sure that you comply with your legal obligations as a landlord.
So, how should you conduct a mid tenancy or interim property inspection, and what should you be looking for? Let’s find out.
Conducting a mid tenancy or interim property inspection
Before inspecting your property, you should give your tenant reasonable notice[SA1] before entering the property. We recommend phoning your tenant or speaking to them in person to arrange the inspection with them – if you send an email, they may not see it in time, further delaying the process.
Try to be flexible with the date and time of inspection if you can.
The tenant is much more likely to take your advice and suggestions on board regarding repairs and recommended treatment if they feel happy and relaxed.
What to look for during the inspection
Firstly, have an idea of what classifies as “fair” wear and tear and what doesn’t before assessing how well your tenant is taking care of the property. Some damage may be due to prolonged periods of use rather than deliberate or careless damage.
Find out more about what to consider when evaluating damages with our fair wear and tear top tips article.
You should inspect both the interior and exterior of the property – is there any significant damage that wasn’t there before? Check the wallpaper, carpets, stairs and any furniture and appliances that you own.
Any damages or attempts to repair the property should be reported to you by the tenant, otherwise they could end up incurring further costs or making the damage even worse.
Keep a look out for items that are your responsibility, such as smoke alarms (are they working?), leaks, the boiler, windows, and fittings.
Also, be vigilant – are there any signs of a pet living in the property without pet-keeping being agreed? Are there any signs of cigarettes being smoked indoors in a non-smoking property?
It is also a good idea to take photographs for future reference and any further inspections.
Set out future plans
If there’s room for improvement from the tenant, or even from yourself, outline them to the tenant so that actions can be taken. Write down the suggested improvements for reference at the next property inspection.
If there are damages caused due to carelessness or negligence, inform the tenant that the cost of these damages will come out of the deposit that’s being protected by your Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.