Rental Property Inspection Checklist

Use this Rental Property Inspection Checklist to evaluate and record the condition of the accommodation prior and after tenants moving in.

Rental Property Inspection Checklist



Electrical Safety

1. Is the wiring in good visual condition, with no damage or disrepair and no loose or exposed wiring?


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2. Are plug sockets in good visual condition, with good working order, adequate for the number of tenants, no damage or disrepair, and no loose or exposed wiring? Is there no evidence of cracks, burn marks, or damage, and no socket overload?


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3. Are extension leads not overloaded and not daisy chaining?


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4. Are lighting switches in good working order, in a reachable location, with no evidence of disrepair or damage?


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5. Are pendant and light fittings in good working order, with no evidence of disrepair, damage, or cracks?


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6. For appliances supplied by the landlord, has a visual check and/or a PAT test been conducted? Are they in good working order, with no damage or disrepair, no loose or exposed wiring, and no evidence of cracks, burn marks, or damage?


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Boiler

1. Is there a visual check on the boiler, ensuring it is in good working order with no leaks, no obstructions to flue(s), properly ventilated, and no evidence of incomplete combustion?


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2. Is the pressure level within the permitted range?


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3. Is the Annual Gas Safety Record complete and satisfactory?


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Any Gas/Fuel Combustion Appliances

1. Are all gas/fuel combustion appliances subject to a visual check, ensuring they are in good working order with no leaks,


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2. Are there no obstructions to flues and extractor fans?


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3. Is there no evidence of incomplete combustion, and properly ventilated (with specific requirements for LPG, including low-level ventilation)?


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4. Are they adequately guarded?


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5. Is the Annual Gas Safety Record complete and satisfactory?


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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

1. Are carbon monoxide detectors installed in all rooms with gas, oil, or solid fuel-burning appliances?


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2. Are they properly cited, tested, and on date?


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Property Checks

1. Is there evidence of smoking?


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2. Is there evidence of an excessive number of visitors?


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3. Is there evidence of subletting or unauthorized occupation, such as excessive belongings or mail addressed to anyone other than the current or previous tenants?


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4. Is there evidence of unauthorized pets, such as animal hair, paraphernalia, and smells?


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5. Is there evidence of illegal substance use?


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6. Is there evidence of unauthorized decoration?


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7. Is there evidence of anti-social behavior?


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8. Is there evidence of the removal of the landlord's goods?


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9. Is there evidence of poor cleanliness?


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10. Have the tenants been confirmed to be aware of refuse/recycling collection days?


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11. If the property is not on mains sewage, do the tenants know when cesspits need to be emptied?


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12. If the property is not on mains gas/electric, do the tenants store gas/oil correctly and know when it needs to be refilled (e.g. LPG)?


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General Details

1. Name of Licensee/Staff Member completing the visit.


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2. Date of routine visit.


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3. Address of property.


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4. Number of occupiers


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5. Are there overcrowding concerns?


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6. Is there a tenant (contract-holder) present?


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7. If yes, what is the name of the tenant?


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8. Are there any pet(s) living on the property?


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Access

1. Has 24 hours’ notice been provided to the tenant?


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2. If no, why hasn’t the notice been provided?


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Method Of Notice

1. Has confirmation of consent to access the property been received?


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2. If no, why hasn’t the confirmation been provided?


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Certificates And Risk Assessments\

1. Is the current gas safety record date satisfactory?


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2. Is the current electrical installation condition report date satisfactory?


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3. What is the fire risk assessment date (if applicable)?


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4. What is the asbestos risk assessment date?


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5. What is the radon database checked date?


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6. What is the Current EPC rating?


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7. Is it under an E rating?


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8. If yes, has a valid exemption been registered?


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9. What is the legionnaire’s risk assessment date?


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Property Areas

1. Is the hall checked?


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2. Is the lounge checked?


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3. Is the dining room checked?


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4. Is the utility checked?


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5. Is the kitchen/diner checked?


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6. Is the WC checked?


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7. Is the bathroom checked?


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8. Is the bedroom checked?


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9. Is the bedroom checked?


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10. Is the bedroom checked?


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11. Is the external and garden area checked?


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External - Paths, Yards And Gardens, Etc

1. Are garden fences, hedges, and walls secure, intact, and maintained?


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2. Are paths and drives maintained and even, and there is no broken paving?


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3. Are manhole covers secure, and not cracked or damaged?


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4. Are there no obvious blockages or recent overspills, and no open drains?


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5. Is there no evidence of any pests or infestations, no accumulations for harbourage of pests, no holes around service ducts, and pipes, and no missing air bricks?


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6. Are correct bins provided in a suitable, safe, and hygienic storage area, and are rubbish and hazardous waste being disposed of properly?


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7. Is the garage or carport free from combustible materials and fire risks?


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Building(Exterior)

1. Is the overall appearance free from disrepair?


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2. Is the condition of pointing, rendering, and paintwork free from cracks and no evidence of dampness?


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3. Are soffits and fascia secure, clean, and intact (rot-free)?


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4. Are roof tiles and lead flashing secure, and intact, and are there no holes to allow ingress of pests?


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5. Are walls in good condition, free from cracks, have no loose pointing, are structurally sound, have no missing air bricks, and have ventilation grilles?


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6. Are gutters and downpipes secure, clear, intact, and working correctly?


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7. Does the chimney stack have secure stacks and pots, are in good order, have no loose pointing, and are swept?


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8. Are windows secure, openable, in no disrepair, and clean?


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9. Is the porch or front door canopy in good condition, secure, and have no leaks?


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10. Is the external lighting in good working order?


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11. Are outbuildings and external structures safe and in good order?


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Door And Windows (External And Internal)

1. Are external doors properly installed, secure, openable, lockable, in good working order, well-lit, with working spy holes and chains, and, where applicable, with a working entry phone system?


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2. Are doors in good working order, closing properly, with working handles, operational door closures, and no risk of trapping body parts such as fingers?


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3. Is the burglar alarm functioning correctly?


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4. Are windows in good working order?


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5. Are window trickle vents in good working order?


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6. Do window locks have keys available?


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7. Are window blind cords secured safely?


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Building (Fire Safety)

1. Are smoke alarms installed on each storey, in proper working order, without obstruction, connected to the electrical supply, interlinked with all other smoke alarms, and tested?


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2. Is the heat alarm working, without obstruction, and tested?


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3. If applicable, is the fire blanket secured to the wall and intact?


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4. For the fire alarm system, has a visual check been conducted for any concerns?


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5. Is the means of escape exit route free from obstruction, with all escape routes such as doors and windows in good working order?


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6. Are fire doors in good working order, closing properly, with working handles, intumescent strips in place, and operational door closures?


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Building (Internal)

1. Is the overall appearance of the property satisfactory with no concerns for lack of space for the tenants?


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2. Is there sufficient natural lighting during daylight hours to enable normal domestic and recreational activities to be completed without eye strain?


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3. Is the artificial lighting correctly positioned and providing sufficient light to enable domestic and recreational activities to be completed without eye strain, and without creating glare and shadows?


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4. Are heating thermostats in good working order and controllable by the tenant?


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5. Is the heating system in good working order, appropriate to heat the property, properly installed and maintained, and controllable by the tenant?


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6. Is the condition of decorative order throughout the property satisfactory, with no disrepair and no lead paint?


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7. Are ceilings, walls, and floors in good condition with no evidence of dampness, cracks, scuffs, or marks?


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8. Are the flooring and carpets in good condition, secured safely and level, with no loose floorboards and ripped/torn carpets?


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9. Are windows in good working order, including handles and trickle vents, clean, of sufficient size and position for natural lighting, fit for purpose in areas with excessive outside noise levels, with no risk of falls between levels and no risk of trapping body parts such as fingers?


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10. Is the internal woodwork in good condition with no disrepair?


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11. Are stairs, including handrail and spindles, secure, safe, and in good repair with a handrail/banister, consistent and sufficient stair width, no loose stairs/risers, no ripped/torn carpet, adequate lighting at the top and foot of stairs, and no doors opening onto the top of the stairs?


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12. Are openings in stairs or banisters less than 100mm?


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13. Is the property free from dampness, mold, and fungal growth, with checks including all areas but particularly windows, seals, cold spots, etc.?


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14. Is the property free from condensation?


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15. Is ventilation sufficient to allow an adequate exchange of air?


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16. Are landlord-supplied furniture and furnishings matching, with a cigarette-safe label attached?


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17. Regarding asbestos, have all materials containing asbestos been identified, and are they in good condition, free from damage and the risk of damage?


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18. Is there no obstruction to vents in blocked-up fireplaces?


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19. Is there no evidence of pests or infestations, such as droppings, gnaw marks, and holes?


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Kitchens

1. Is the supply of water in good working order, with an adequate supply of hot and cold water, the correct temperature of hot water, no lead pipes, and no lead solder?


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2. Are storage tanks covered, and are stored private drinking water supplies regularly sampled and analyzed?


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3. Is the kitchen sink properly installed, with no chips or cracks, properly sealed, watertight between the sink and worktop, and effective drainage for wastewater?


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4. Ideally, is hot water in kitchens no more than 60°C to avoid scalds?


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5. Is there sufficient natural lighting during daylight hours in the kitchen to enable normal domestic tasks to be completed without eye strain?


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6. Is the artificial lighting in the kitchen correctly positioned and providing sufficient light to enable domestic tasks to be completed without eye strain and without creating glare and shadows, especially over facilities?


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7. Are kitchen worktops secure, smooth, impervious, sufficient, cleanable, and free from disrepair, with proper sealing?


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8. Is the kitchen layout properly designed to cater to safe and hygienic preparation and cooking of food?


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9. Is there a layout/relationship of facilities that eases the stages of preparation, cooking, and serving, and prevents burns and scalds?


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10. Are kitchen cupboards/storage facilities secure, in good working order, cleanable, free from disrepair, and adequate for the number of tenants?


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11. Is the electrical supply for kitchen appliances sufficient, with enough plug sockets for essential kitchen appliances such as the fridge and freezer, and at least 4 appropriate power sockets associated with the worktops as well as 2 for general use?


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12. Are landlord-supplied kitchen appliances in good working order, cleanable, and with a user manual available? Have they been PAT tested?


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13. Is the extractor fan in good working order and free from obstruction, such as grease?


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14. Is the oven in good working order, cleanable, adequate for the number of occupants, and safely sited away from flammable materials?


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15. Are waste disposal facilities in the kitchen adequate, clean, and free from disrepair?


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16. Are kitchen walls smooth or with an impervious finish, easily cleaned?


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17. Is the kitchen floor reasonably smooth and impervious for easy cleaning, with corners and junctions properly sealed?


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18. Are there appropriate facilities for washing and drying clothes in the kitchen, with adjacent power sockets and vent outlets, and are any points in walls penetrated by waste, drains, or other pipes effectively sealed?


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Bathrooms And En-Suites

1. Is the bathroom in good, safe working condition, adequate for the number of occupiers, private (lockable but openable in an emergency), with adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation? Are any points in walls penetrated by waste, drains, or other pipes effectively sealed?


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2. Are the wash hand basins and taps secure, in good working order, with an adequate supply of hot and cold water, the correct temperature of hot water, free from disrepair, and with effective drainage for wastewater? Ideally, should hot water in hand basins be no more than 41°C to avoid scalds?


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3. Is the WC secure, connected to a properly working flushing system and drainage system, in good working order, free from disrepair, and with an effective watertight seal?


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4. Is the bath secure, in good working order, with an adequate supply of hot and cold water, the correct temperature of hot water, free from disrepair, and with effective drainage for wastewater? Ideally, should hot water in baths be no more than 46°C?


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5. Is the shower secure, in good working order, with an adequate supply of hot and cold water, the correct temperature of hot water, free from disrepair, and with effective drainage for wastewater?


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6. Is the extractor fan in good working order, free from disrepair, and dust, and effectively sealed?


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