Get to know myRent with a quick overview video:

Should landlords carry out inspections when it suits them?

25 October 2022

The rules for carrying out inspections are outlined in the RTA, so the landlord must comply with these.

Section 48(2)(b) says:

The landlord may enter the premises— (b) for the purpose of inspecting the premises, at any time between 8 o'clock in the morning and 7 o'clock in the evening on a day specified in a notice given to the tenant not less than 48 hours nor more than 14 days before the intended entry, and not more frequently than once in any period of 4 weeks;

If a landlord and tenants can't agree on a date/time that suits both. It might be best to contact the tenant to let them know of:

1) the timing for inspections outlined in the tenancy law and
2) that landlords have the right to carry out inspections at the property as long as all the rules are followed (which might be without the tenant being present).

It is, of course, ideal if both parties can be present for the inspection, so it can be used as an opportunity to have a regular conversation. However, if an agreement cannot be made on a suitable time for both, then the landlord can organise a time for the inspection that suits them. In addition, the landlord and tenant can choose to make contact before and/or after the inspection to discuss any issues. And the tenant can choose to have a friend or a relative present if it makes them more comfortable.

Need assistance with Property Inspections? myRent is here to help! Book a one-off professional inspection service (no strings attached!) or outsource all your property inspections.

The information contained in this article is exclusively for promotional purposes. It does not in any way constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as the basis for any legal action or contractual dealings. The information is not, and does not attempt to be, a comprehensive account of the relevant law in New Zealand. If you require legal advice you should seek independent legal counsel. does not accept any liability that may arise from the use of this information.

Back to resources

Our services


Advertise your rental
from $50

Includes a listing on Trade Me,, OneRoof,, and

Learn more

Tenant checks
for $35

Rent with confidence and make informed decisions with comprehensive tenant checks.

Learn more

Self-management platform from $17/month

Save time and money. Rest easy with our self-management platform. Start with a free trial.

Learn more

Get to know how myRent works

Not quite ready to sign up?

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter read by 30,000+ landlords. Get updates on important tenancy law changes, tips on maximising rental returns, and more great resources.