agent inspect when I'm not home

“Why do some agents get to do inspections when tenants are at work and can’t attend? I find many of them don’t get back to you when you leave a form and notes for them. Should I be given feedback, or can I request it?” 

We asked the Managing Director / Licensee at Investors Edge Real Estate, Jarrad Mahon, for his advice.

“Under the standard lease agreement, agents are required to negotiate a suitable day and time for an inspection that does not unduly inconvenience you from being able to attend if you wish,” he said.

“This typically needs to be during work hours because that’s when property managers are employed to do their job. Any time outside of this is unreasonable on your part. So if you can’t attend at any time during 9-5, you have no choice on letting them attend without you being there.”

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As frustrating as it is, there are no formal requirements for property managers to get back to you or to give you feedback, Jarrad said.

“My agency respects tenants as much as we do our landlords, so we offer them the same proactive communication guarantee to return phone calls and emails in the same business day, or we pay you $100.”

“Doing some online research into the agent’s reputation before deciding on a house to rent may improve your chances of getting the service you deserve.”

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Jarrad Mahon
Jarrad Mahon
Managing Director / Licensee at Investors Edge Real Estate | [email protected]

Jarrad Mahon is the Managing Director and Licensee at Investors Edge Real Estate in Perth, Western Australia. Jarrad is an experienced property investor, selling agent and the 'go to' for Perth property market strategies and award-winning property management. He hosts the popular Perth Property Insider podcast, offering listeners strategies and mindset tips to grow their wealth, and is the author of The Ultimate Home Sellers Guide - How to Master the 5 Price Influencers.


  1. Thank you for answering my question. Once again there are no regulations looking out for tenants. You get a letter in the mail with the date of the inspection and goodness knows who inspects your home while you are not in attendance and then they do not even need to reply to your form or notes.

  2. Heck who doesn’t hate inspection time……show of hands please. But as mere tenants we all know it has to be done. I know for one that I make sure that I am present at each and every inspection. There is no way I would let a complete stranger into my tenanted domain I don’t care WHO they are or represent I always make myself available. It’s all about negotiating between both parties a suitable time for all to be present.

  3. I had a house inspection today, and the agent never showed up nor left a message or a text saying they’re late or not going to be able to show up. Are they allowed to come the next day for the inspection, or do they have to wait another six months?

  4. Mine didn’t show up today when they were meant to do an inspection, and it’s a Monday… like WE HAVE WORK. I was waiting around for them, and they never showed. The same thing as yourself: no message or email or call to say they’re not coming.