Galway Landlords – How Often Should You Inspect Property?

Congratulations – you have a tenant who has signed the lease and paid the deposit and just moved into your property. Now you can just sit back and forget about it and collect the rent.

Well – you can if you wish, but what about your investment? You have tens of thousands of euros tied up in the property – and someone else is looking after it.

You would be wise to have the property inspected on a regular basis, but that said you cannot just go letting yourself in to have a quick look around either.

As a landlord you have a right in law to conduct regular visit of your property – but what regular is, rather inconveniently, is not particularly well defined in law.

A letting agent should have given you advice to build the frequency of your planned visits into your lease agreement, so both you and your tenant know and understand when they are likely to occur. And if you have decided to use the ongoing services of a letting agent, they will do these visits for you and report back to you.

You do have to give the tenant notice of a planned visit – DO NOT  just turn up and let yourself in. It may be your house but it is NOT your home. The tenant has the right to be there and also for inspections to be at a mutually convenient time. Of course, if they are happy for you to look around while they are not there, then that is fine – but that is their call, not yours. Many people – especially single women – find the idea very uncomfortable.

Tenants also have the right to be able to live a quiet life so going too often can disrupt this – more than once every three months would seem to be pushing the boundaries by many people’s standards.

It is also worth remembering what the visit is for – it is to check the condition of your property. This works two ways – firstly making sure there has been no damage from the tenants, but secondly ensuring that you are also keeping your property well maintained yourself. The tenant may be responsible for wallpaper ripped off by their toddler but you are responsible for fixing any missing roofing tiles that have blown off the house. The tenant may well use the inspection as a good time to discuss maintenance.

What it is not for, however, is judging how the tenant chooses to live. If they are untidy slobs who like living surrounded by pizza boxes and unwashed laundry, that is entirely their choice provided the property is returned to you in good condition at the end of the tenancy.

One suggestion for longer standing tenants would be to agree regular visits early on in the tenancy, but once they have proved themselves as reliable and respectful occupiers, drop the frequency down to longer periods.

If you’d like to have a chat about anything in this article or property related, do not hesitate to get in touch with our author, Kevin Flaherty, using any of his contact details below.

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Founder & Head of Brandwood Property Management

Thank you for visiting Galway Property News. Our author Kevin Flaherty has been in the Galway property market since 2008, and since 2017 has been running Brandwood Property Management. Kevin has always shared his thoughts on the local property market in Galway with his clients, but now wants to share with everyone in the city. On this site, you can expect Kevin to discuss what is happening in the city’s property market itself, even looking at specific streets or housing estates. You can also expect posts from Kevin based on what he considers decent buy-to-let-deals on the market with other agents in Galway.

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