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Apartment inspections while renting

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I moved into my apartment just over a year ago, and the process was all rather smooth. However, a couple of months after moving in I received a letter saying that they wanted to inspect the condition of the apartment structures (balcony, stairs etc) and arranged an appointment to come in and do so. During the check they honestly just poked around and checked each room, wrote a few things down, and then left. Didn't seem to check anything to do with structural integrity. I thought it was strange but just brushed it off. Now, around 6 months later, I get another letter saying they want to check the windows and outdoor areas, and another appointment for a check where they say they will need to come inside. Is this normal? I honestly feel like they are just trying to check on the apartment to see if I have done any damage etc. I understand wanting to keep an eye on an investment, but I already forked over a hefty deposit and provided evidence of my personal liability insurance which met their requirements. It's a real pain and means I have to take time off work to let them in, and just generally have to worry about making the apartment presentable etc. It's a hassle I could do without. I understand in the contract it says I have to give them access whenever they request, so I legally can't do much, but should I kick up a fuss? Or is this just something that is common and would happen anywhere?
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

Are you renting in a big block with many neighbours in the building, or a house with an handful of flats? Are you renting from a private owner or a big property company? I am asking these questions, as they play into what sort of relationship you might have with other neighbours and the owners, and whether to choose to potentially die on this hill.
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

That would be an interesting tactic- to get an excuse to come and check state of the apartment. Are you a member of Asloca or Mietverband? Honestly, I really would not rent in CH without being a member, and it is very cheap - and can be worth gold!

As for this happening in Burnley, I'd have to ask my son in law then
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

When we were renting a house in the UK, the letting agent came to check the property state every 6 months (or it might have been every 3, not sure) - they must have had some properly dodgy tenants in the past.
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

Join the renters association and ask them.
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

No, it's not normal. In my entire rental-carreer I only had one check and that was a "Elektrokontrolle", which must be done by law every 20 years. That's not done by the landlord but by electric-companies approved to do so.

I've lived somewhere for 16 years, I live at my current place for 13 years and nobody ever came to check on me. They did come to actually fix things or do new installations (wooden floor, electric shutters, fibreglass installation).

I wouldn't trust this either. I personally would google the laws on this.

A quick, short search says, the landlord can come by once a year to for example check, whether the windows are still closing tightly (NOW I know why mine never comes by ).
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When we were renting a house in the UK, the letting agent came to check the property state every 6 months (or it might have been every 3, not sure) - they must have had some properly dodgy tenants in the past.
It's standard practice with letting agents in the UK, the flat I rent out is inspected every 6 months. A previous agent I was with inspected every 3 months.
I was really surprised when I found out they don't really do it here. Our building was a new build and all the flats were inspected after 2 years because it was being taken over by another company. The first were good but they never attended to the snagging lists after we all moved in, the new company did this.
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It's standard practice with letting agents in the UK.
It's fair enough I think (although annoying), I've heard horror stories of tenants destroying properties by turning them in to cannabis factories for example.
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

Thanks for all the help guys. The information has been very helpful.



To answer a few questions:



It is an apartment inside a small building (6 apartments total), and I believe each flat is owned by a private landlord but they are all letted out by one large company (the ones who sent the letter). Not entirely sure on the specifics but I know that I pay my rent directly to the landlord, not the company. I just now had a quick chat with one neighbour and it turns out everyone got the letter, and this apparently happens around twice per year. According to the neighbour the tenants are pretty split on whether this is a good thing or not, with some seeing it as an annoying invasion of privacy and others seeing it as an opportunity to get the ear of the letting company and voice their complaints etc.



I'll see what this next appointment is like and then decide what to do. If they actually do check the windows etc then I might be convinced, but if it is like last time and they just nose about and don't actually check the things they stated, I might end up saying something.



Just as an interesting side note - having rented in the UK for a good 10 years or so, in various cities across multiple tiers of quality and price, I never once had a check by a landlord. That is why I found it so strange here. The landlords I had in the UK just left me to it and only came around when something went wrong. You'd think there would be some kind of standardisation.....
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

This could happen if they are reassessing the value of the property. An appointed official from the government would want to come in and inspect the whole building.
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

I've had a tenant for 4 years who is a physics teacher, his level of hygiene is pretty disgusting to say the least. He also costs a lot in repairs as he seems to fiddle with things like the boiler and has had to be told off lately about trunking and extension cables along the hallway that he doesn't have permission for. They were discovered during an electrical installation inspection. We also had an incident a couple of years back where he was claiming there were rats between the walls.

This week he's managed to flood the hairdressers underneath with the shower (no dodgy pipes. I've had them inspected, plumber said it's because he's let the seals and trim to the shower perish and hasn't reported it). The agent is constantly telling him to ventilate the bathroom as he never uses the Xpelair fan or opens the window. Yesterday the plumber told him not to use the shower until his Landlord had thing sorted, so what did he do - yes, used it again this morning and the salon owner contacted me to say her shop had water coming through the ceiling again I've had to get someone to go in and replace all the trims and grouting in an emergency today, cost me 280 quid. Totalled up the past year and this guy has cost me nearly 2k, plus I spent 3k on putting a new roof on for winter as it's an older property.
I really hope he'll maybe move out as I want to think about selling it, but he knows he's on to a good landlord who gets all the repairs handled quickly. I would have expected after this length of time he'd want to get his own place as he's late 20s now. Rent has been the same for 6 years now.

OH isn't in favour of selling as he says it'll cost us too much tax wise, well it's OK for him he hasn't got the hassle of dealing with the agent every few weeks as it's dumped on me I am never being a landlord again!
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

We had no such visits for years, and then a string of them over a period of several months. However, we were told that their purpose was to try to assess the overall state of the building and to decide which parts were fine, which things could be renovated gently and which others needed to be replaced completely, and we were invited to give our input.

Annoying, at the time, to keep opening the home but fair enough, and because of these thorough assessments and, later, measurements, the renovations went well.
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Re: Apartment inspections while renting

Our youngest has been renting a house for a couple of years now. They had regular inspections at the beginning- but now the agent pops in for coffee as she loves daughter's style and what they have done to the house and garden- and says she should become an interior decorator. Agent says it it the only clean and lovely house she visits for pleasure.
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