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How many property inspections should you do per year?

24 August 2022

There is nothing in the legislation that requires you to have a certain number of routine property inspections.

There is, however, a mention of a maximum number of inspections that you can have. Inspections should be held not more frequently than once in any period of 4 weeks.

It's important to remember that a tenant has a right to the 'quiet enjoyment' of the house they rent. This means landlords shouldn't interfere too much with their comfort, peace and privacy.

It is standard practice (and often a requirement of your insurance company) that routine inspections are performed every 3 months.

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Although again, there is no requirement for tenants to be present during inspections, but the landlord should offer them to be present. Checking the property together is generally encouraged, helps maintain a good relationship between landlord and tenant, and provides a chance to discuss any issues on the spot.

Remember that inspections can occur between 8 am and 7 pm for rental properties and require 48-hour notice before the inspection.

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What the community has to say
  • CC

    I do mine 3 monthly because AMI says I have to. I find this very intrusive, and so does my tenants, especially the ones that I've had almost 3 years!

  • AS

    @Christine, the requirement for quarterly inspections is very common indeed. And we agree that it could be a little repetitive and feel intrusive when you have the same trusted tenants living in your property. We're currently trying to negotiate with an insurance company a special arrangement for myRent users where the requirement is to conduct inspections less frequently. Will let you know how it goes!

  • RW

    That would be great if we can do that Anna 👍🏽

  • CC

    Vero Group insurance has 6 monthly requirements, but were too difficult to deal with over Christchurch properties, I gave up.

    Please also negotiate zero excess on glass cover, the insurance company you promote does not do this but it is really important, as otherwise, tenants will leave broken windows if they don't have the money to replace them. My current insurance company has replaced windows for my properties within 2 hours on a weekend!

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