Property inspections 

Should I do a property inspection report before signing a tenancy agreement?

Yes! A tenant should complete a property inspection report with the landlord before signing the tenancy agreement. This involves going through the premises and recording the condition of each room and any furniture or appliances provided by the landlord. The property inspection ensures that both parties agree about the state of the house before a tenancy agreement is signed. It’s a good idea to attach a signed and dated copy of this to the tenancy agreements of both the landlord and the tenant so that you have a record of this.

It’s also a good idea to take photos of the property, just in case there are any disputes later on. 

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My landlord only gave me one hour’s notice before a house inspection.  Is this allowed?

No. A landlord has to give 48 hours notice before they can come over and carry out a house inspection. They also have to give you 24 hours’ notice before they do any repairs or maintenance. It's best to try and talk about this to your landlord if they haven’t given you adequate notice, but if that doesn't work you can seek help from the Tenancy Tribunal or talk to your local CAB.

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Our landlord is constantly coming around to inspect the property. Is that allowed?

The landlord can only carry out one house inspection every  four weeks, and they have to give you 48 hours notice everytime. If the landlord is coming around too often try and talk them about the problem, but if that doesn't work you can seek help from the Tenancy Tribunal or talk to your local CAB.