Table of Contents
- 1 Why would a landlord want to do a walk through?
- 2 When do landlords and tenants have to do a walk through?
- 3 What happens if a tenant refuses to allow a landlord access to the property?
- 4 Why does my tenant not let my Landlord in?
- 5 What does a landlord look for in a walk through inspection?
- 6 Do you have to go through a walk through with the landlord?
- 7 Can a tenant request a walk through inspection?
- 8 Why does a tenant not want to do a walkthrough?
- 9 Can a tenant deny a landlord access to the property?
Why would a landlord want to do a walk through?
Once a tenant has decided to move on (and move out) all landlords must do a walkthrough to ensure that there is no damage that would have to be covered by the deposit. As most know, a deposit of 1 month’s rent is held by the landlord at the beginning of any lease, an given back at the end (if warranted).
When do landlords and tenants have to do a walk through?
At the beginning of a tenancy, a landlord and tenant must inspect the rental unit together – this is sometimes called a “walk-through.” This should be done: When the unit is empty. After the previous tenant has moved out and before the new tenant moves in.
What happens if a tenant refuses to allow a landlord access to the property?
Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, if the tenant refuses to allow the landlord access at all, the tenant will be in breach of contract. In certain circumstances (for example if the property is obviously in disrepair) this may entitle the landlord to apply for an order for possession.
Why does my tenant not let my Landlord in?
You are NOT alone. When tenants don’t allow their landlord to enter the property it’s usually because one of the following reasons…
What does a landlord look for in a walk through inspection?
The landlord is looking for any damage in excess of normal wear and tear or any changes to the unit that have not been mutually agreed upon, such as changing the paint color. The landlord is comparing the current condition of the property to the condition of the property when the tenant moved into the unit.
Do you have to go through a walk through with the landlord?
The walk through should not be a time for the tenant to get the landlord’s approval. It should be a time to 1) discuss any problems that have not yet been addressed or have been discovered during cleaning and 2) for the landlord to point out to the tenant anything that the latter might have missed but would drain the deposit.
Can a tenant request a walk through inspection?
The tenant can request to be present during the inspection. After the inspection, the landlord must give the tenant a written list of apparent tenant-caused defects that need to be repaired.
Why does a tenant not want to do a walkthrough?
The tenant has no interest in getting sweaty by engaging in additional cleaning or having to go purchase some more screws or nails or putty to make a repair. Because of this mindset, a tenant is not interested in being told by their soon to be ex-landlord that they didn’t clean well enough or that they will have to pay for damaging the rental unit.
Can a tenant deny a landlord access to the property?
A tenant cannot deny a landlord’s access to the property when proper notice is given and the request is reasonable. The occupant may, however, request to change the date or put in a clause in the lease to limit the number of times the landlord can enter the unit.