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Old 12-21-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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hi,
i'm a LL renting out an apartment.
i wanted to know if it's 'normal' to check the conditions of my rented property from time to time....
i had done a lot of upgrades (wood floors, paintings, remodeled kitchen, etc.) so i want to make sure my tenants aren't making a mess.

Any ideas?
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:23 AM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Call and ask.

I don't do "surprise" inspections, cuz....well....it's against the law in my state.

48 hr notice in AZ.

Also, it's just plain polite to let 'em know that you're comin' over.

We live close to our rental and we put in the lease agreement that we'd be on the premises to collect the rent every month.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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You own it and have a right to inspect just give them enough warning and don't make it too often where you become annoying.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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Thanks.
i wasn't talking about "surprise" visits at all!

My purpose is not to stress them or make life harder on them. it is to ensure that my place stays clean and properly maintained.

How do i tell them that i'm trying to do this? i really don't know how to start the conversation or what to say once i do. suggestions? (nothing is in my contract regarding this). i live in VA.

is every 4 months appropriate?
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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hi,
i'm a LL renting out an apartment.
i wanted to know if it's 'normal' to check the conditions of my rented property from time to time....
i had done a lot of upgrades (wood floors, paintings, remodeled kitchen, etc.) so i want to make sure my tenants aren't making a mess.

Any ideas?
In apartment communities its considered normal, twice a year inspections,
notices are posted a week in advance, however, our state law is 48hr notice.

This gives you a chance to check things like plumbing and drains, fixtures,
and making sure smoke detectors are working, addressing concerns
isn't unreasonable.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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How do i tell them that i'm trying to do this? i really don't know how to start the conversation or what to say once i do. suggestions? (nothing is in my contract regarding this). i live in VA.

is every 4 months appropriate?
Call them up on a monday, tell them something like, " I'll be in the neighborhood on saturday and I need to go in and change the smoke detector batteries and I need to get the serial number off the furnace(or whatever appliance you want to use as a cover) then go in nice and polite, do what you said you wanted to do.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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When renting out single families homes I have always used a clause for routine maintenance -- furnace filters need to be swapped out every 90 days to protect the motor from working too hard. I generally would remind tenants about a week or so from when I (or my handyman) was planning on coming out with a sort of plain photocopied letter and then call a few days ahead of time so that they would not be freaked out. You can't use the information you gather in such a visit to terminate the lease, but if you see something that is obviously being misused it is appropriate to remind the tenants that normal standard of care have to be part of their end of the agreement...
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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hi,
i'm a LL renting out an apartment.
i wanted to know if it's 'normal' to check the conditions of my rented property from time to time....
i had done a lot of upgrades (wood floors, paintings, remodeled kitchen, etc.) so i want to make sure my tenants aren't making a mess.

Any ideas?

Have you looked on this page? http://laws.uslandlord.com/laws/va.html
Seems like it gives information applicable for your state.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Be up front and tell them...better yet, put it in writing that you are making an inspection. Every 6 months is usual, unless your state laws dictate something different.
Send a notice and give them at least 24 hours, or more, and show up. Look for things like batteries in smoke detectors, clean filters, working appliances, if they are yours. It's a normal and necesary job of being a LL.
In the future, put in a clause that inspections are done every 6 months. Spell out who is responsible for upkeep on apliances, batteries etc.
Always be up front and you will get a much better response.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:29 PM
 
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Be up front and tell them...better yet, put it in writing that you are making an inspection. Every 6 months is usual, unless your state laws dictate something different.
Send a notice and give them at least 24 hours, or more, and show up. Look for things like batteries in smoke detectors, clean filters, working appliances, if they are yours. It's a normal and necesary job of being a LL.
In the future, put in a clause that inspections are done every 6 months. Spell out who is responsible for upkeep on apliances, batteries etc.
Always be up front and you will get a much better response.
thank you. Good advice.
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