How to Perform a Rental Property Inspection - Do's and Don'ts

How to Perform a Rental Property Inspection

Here are a few do's and don’ts to keep in mind when performing a rental property inspection.


Give your tenant prior notice before you enter the property and let them know the reason why.

Schedule the inspection when the tenant will be home to point out items that may need repairing.

Give your tenant some tips about what they can do to ensure their security deposit is returned in full.

Explain why you are conducting a property inspection.

Take photos of the condition of the interior and exterior of the property.

Make personal notes of anything you see that concerns you and address them with the tenant later in writing.

Keep up with state and local laws regarding property inspections.


Show up to your tenant’s apartment or property unannounced and without getting permission first.

Take photos of personal effects inside the property, including children, personal items, or pets.

Get angry with your tenant if you notice any damages. Instead, let them know politely that it may be taken out of their security deposit.

Make promises that everything will be fine regarding the security deposit if you see issues that will cost money to repair and correct.

Scold your tenant or make them feel bad about any damages you see. If the damage is extremely severe, talk to your tenant about your concerns in a professional, mature way.

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Jason Gwerder
Thursday, 23 September 2021

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