Lets start with the types of inspections:
Move-In - This is done on the day of move-in with the tenant present. The tenant is given a Move-In/Move-Out form, also called a MIMO. This form goes room by room and allows the tenant to mark down any existing damage they see that could be deducted from their security deposit at move-out. The tenant is allowed to keep the form for a couple of days to note any additional items that are noticed prior to turning the form in. It is important both the tenant and the property manager keep a copy of this form for the duration of the lease, along with photos to document any damage.
Health and Safety Inspection - These should be done every 6 - 12 months. They are necessary to protect the tenant as well as the property owner’s assets. The property manager can check and replace batteries in smoke/c02 detectors as well as look for plumbing, electrical, or other issues that could become large problems down the road if not attended to.
Termite Inspection - To protect the structure and property owner’s investment, a licensed termite inspector should be called to the property at least every two years. The tenant should also be told that if they see any termite dust, they should call the property manager right away.
Move-Out - California law states, the landlord must give the tenant written notice of the tenant’s right to request an inspection within the last 14 days of occupancy. This inspection is intended to give the tenant the opportunity to make any necessary repairs that could be deducted from their security deposit if not completed. If the tenant is not given the opportunity, withholding funds from the tenant’s security deposit could become more difficult for the owner should the tenant challenge the disposition of their deposit.