Reader Question:

I’m renting privately in NSW. What can I expect from a routine inspection? Does my landlord have the right to look through my cupboards and drawers? How far is too far? – Caroline (NSW)

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When it comes to your cupboards, what’s acceptable?

We asked Senior Property Manager at Mint360property, Paul Plakidis for his advice.

“If the cupboards or drawers were leased with the property, the landlord is well within their right to inspect,” Paul said.

“For example, built in wardrobes, bathroom vanities or any furniture that was included with the lease. In this situation, it is always best for the tenant to be present at the time of inspection.”

Paul said these questions are a prime example of why it is a great idea to have a good relationship with the landlord and/or property manager looking after your rental property.

“It is a balancing act as often there are no ‘perfect’ solutions as there is much emotion that comes with property ownership and tenancy,” he said.

“The more that both sides understand each other and can put themselves in the other person’s shoes, the more everyone’s expectations can be met.”

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Drawing from several years of industry experience and a specialised knowledge of the Eastern Suburbs, Paul Plakidis is an integral figure within Mint360property's residential property management team.

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      But in many instances, if you’re a tenant, you are responsible for paying water charges, unless your landlord has made another agreement with the water company. Check your tenancy agreement to see who’s responsible. Even if the landlord is responsible, if they don’t pay, the water company may try and recover the money owed from you instead.

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