Reasonable rental inspections
Question from Claudia updated on 22nd February 2011:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
For the purpose of a property inspection, a landlord can enter the premises providing:
• the landlord gives the tenant a minimum of 48 hours notice of the inspection
• the inspection is within 14 days of giving the notice
• the inspection is carried out between the hours of 8am and 7pm on the day specified
• the inspection is not carried out within 4 weeks of any previous inspection
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the Act) does not specify how long an inspection shall be. A prudent landlord may conduct a thorough inspection, which may include checking cupboards for structural damage. Tenants can also expect to have quiet enjoyment of the premises. I suggest you discuss your concerns with your landlord if you consider the length or extent of the inspections are interfering with your quiet enjoyment.
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