Laws must be different in each state. I've never had photos taken. Had inspections 6 monthly. We haven't had one for over a year now.
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I didn't say anything about the tenant. I personally have had previous issues with Property Managers not maintaining my property correctly and allowing it to fall into disrepair. Maintenance issues that are not the responsbility of the tenant, like mould on paths, leaves in gutters, peeling silastic in bathrooms and kitchens. A deck so rotten that before I heard about it, a person fell through it. That sort of thing.
When we rented a year or so ago we didn't have any inspections for 18 months. Yet the PM had been sending reports to the LLs (overseas) every quarter. Photos would have been extremely useful for them and goodness knows what we could have done to the place during the tenancy and the LL would have been none the wiser until we moved out.
It's also much harder for a LL to ignore maintenance issues when there is photographic evidence of deterioration in things.
'Oh the deck can't possibly need re-oiling we did it before they moved in'.
*looks at photo*
'Oh I see. Yes it does'.
Edited because my paragraphs jumped around
Last edited by NancyBlackett; 03-10-2013 at 18:25.
Pina Colada (03-10-2013)
Generally you don't find out what the PM or LL is like until you are part way through your lease... most of the time you won't even interact with the LL so how would you know if they were a seasoned criminal or paedophile or some other sort of dodgy character?
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When we moved house the real estate took photos to re lease it. I was fine with that until they kept using them each time they released it . I rang and complained and they were taken down
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