We are talking about the importance of inspecting your units and the basic health and safety issues to look for when you’re walking through your properties. These things can help you with any legal issues that might arise.
In cities like Berkeley, you are required to do an annual inspection. We always recommend that landlords inspect annually anyway, regardless of whether there is a legal requirement in place.
One of the most important things to look for is whether the unit is secure. You want to be sure that the deadbolts are working, the locks are in order and windows can open and close and lock. Security is very important at your property, and you need to check it regularly.
The property should be free of trip hazards. Make sure any stairs are intact and the floors are all tacked down completely and neatly. If you notice that the carpet is coming up in some places, secure it well. You could face a hefty lawsuit if someone trips and falls at your rental property.
Check gas appliances every time you inspect the property. You want to look at the water heater, stove, ovens and gas heaters if you have them. Make sure they are working and not giving off weird odors. Check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors so you know they are working and installed properly.
This is just a brief list of the things you want to check. For more information on how to conduct inspections, contact us at MSB Property Management.