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When it comes to renting out a property, a home inspection is vital to ensure that the interests of both the landlord and tenant are protected.

While it may seem like it can be a tedious exercise, not doing a proper inspection will leave the landlord with little, or in fact no legal recourse should their asset be damaged in anyway by the tenant. Landlords or rental agents who have not conducted a property inspection when the tenant takes occupation will not be able to take any action in the event that the rental unit has been damaged during the course of the tenancy.

South African legislation through the Rental Housing, Unfair Practices Regulations and Consumer Protection Acts, dictate the practice around home inspections and the refund of the damages deposit. According to the Rental Housing Act, when a property is rented, it is required that an agreed-upon, documented ingoing and outgoing inspection is undertaken by both the landlord and the tenant.

It is not just in the landlord’s best interest to undertake a property inspection - a tenant benefits in that they cannot be held liable for any damage that was there prior to them moving in to the property.

It is advisable for landlords to also undertake a midterm inspection approximately halfway through the tenancy agreement in order to monitor the state of the property and intervene early if there is any breach or damage. A midterm inspection allows the landlord to monitor their asset during the tenancy, and allows the tenant to bring up any maintenance or repair issues that should be attended to by the landlord.

Contact RUANSA and let us inspect your property and supply you with a comprehensive report containing photographic evidence and detailed analysis of the condition of your investment.
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