As a landlord, you put your faith in tenants to keep your properties in good order. That said, you still need to do inspections on a fairly regular basis. These shouldn’t be done at random but when there’s a definite reason for doing so. These are sometimes when you need to do a rental property inspection.

Move-In and Move-Out Time

My Smart Move advises making sure that your previous tenant has left the property in good standing so your upcoming tenants will be satisfied. You need to make sure that there’s no serious damage. If there is, you need to be able to remedy them before the next tenant moves in. Go over the move-in sheet your tenant submitted when they first moved in to determine what was already damaged when they moved in. The cost of any damages caused by the previous tenant should be taken out of their returned deposit. If the damages are severe enough, you might need to file a case against them in small claims court.

Before the First Freeze

Cold weather causes all sorts of problems, both inside and out. Plumbing problems can wreak havoc for your residents. Schuelke Plumbing warns that burst water pipes represent one of the most common plumbing issues experienced in residential properties. You need to inspect the pipes to make sure that they’re properly winterized. You should also make sure your tenants know how to avoid frozen pipes, such as running water at a trickle.

After Neighbor Complaints

If neighbors are complaining about nuisances from the adjacent apartment, you might need to do an inspection. Whether it’s regular noise complaints or suspicions of drug use, you should take these complaints seriously. If necessary, Unified Police Department points out, you might need to get the police involved. A search warrant will help you get the answers you need.

If a Tenant Misses Rent

You depend on your tenants to pay rent, so a missed payment should raise your eyebrows. When they initially miss a payment, give them a call. If there’s no response, you should come by to see what’s going on. If they’re not home, try again later and try to contact them through other means, such as email. You should also get in touch with their emergency contact to see if they have any idea about their whereabouts.

Before a tenant signs a lease, make sure to tell them about the rental property inspections and the circumstances under which they’ll occur. This can help to strengthen your relationship and create an atmosphere of trust. It can also help to ensure that your rental properties are well-maintained. For more help managing your properties, talk to Greener Montana Properties!

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