Landlord Rights- The final property Inspection

As a landlord, you are entitled to have your property returned to you undamaged and clean, at the end of a tenancy.

Your tenant is responsible for any deliberate damage, not fair wear and tear.

After the end of the tenancy, you must conduct a final inspection of the property and prepare a final condition report and provide a copy of that report to the tenant.

It is in the interest of both you and the tenant, for both of you to be present at the final inspection.

You should compare the condition of each item using your original Property Condition Report, from the start of the tenancy.

You should address any issues, like damages, items missing and breakages and then work out any outstanding liabilities of the tenant.

When discussing any outstanding liabilities, consider

• Rent arrears

• Outstanding utility bills if applicable

• Cleaning costs

• Damages to the property

The general rule of thumb with regards to repairs is that is the damage can be reasonably repaired only repair costs can be charged.

However if the damage is severe, the tenant is liable for replacement costs and where possible, try to negotiate the costs to be deducted from the bond as compensation.

Your tenant is also responsible for returning all sets of keys and if they don’t return the keys, they are responsible for the cost of changing the locks or you can keep charging rent until the keys are returned.

You can use the RealRenta platform to keep a record of all your Reports for each Tenancy.


Upload each report with photos onto RealRenta for a comprehensive history of the tenancy.

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Jason Gwerder
Thursday, 25 July 2019

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