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Can Property Management Conduct Routine Inspection Without Notice?

As a property manager, you will have to conduct routine inspections throughout the lease period. Routine inspections are helpful to ensure there is no damage or other issues in the rental property. These inspections are also about rental safety, and should be conducted with respect to tenants rights.

There are state regulations on how to conduct routine inspections, and property managers should be familiar with the specific regulations in the state of the rental. Some of these regulations include rules on how much notice needs to be given prior to the inspection, how often property managers can conduct an inspection and how to record the results of the inspection.

To answer the first question:

As a property manager, can I just arrive to the rental and inspect it then and there? 

The simple answer, consistent across all Australian states, is no.

Each state has its own regulations around the minimum notice period to give a tenant prior to a real estate inspection:

  • How much notice for rental inspection NSW: 7 days
  • How much notice for rental inspection Victoria: 7 days
  • How much notice for rental inspection Queensland: 7 days
  • How much notice for rental inspection SA: 7-14 days
  • How much notice for rental inspection WA: 7-14 days
  • How much notice for rental inspection Tasmania: 24 hours
  • How much notice for rental inspection ACT: 7 days
  • How much notice for rental inspection NT: 7 days

As a property manager, you must ensure you follow the rules relevant to your state by issuing a property inspection notice to your tenant.

So, property management can arrive to the property, but with notice as per state regulations.

See here for a state-by-state guide on routine inspections. 

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