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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?” Tenant, NSW

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.”

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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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Paul Plakidis
Paul Plakidis
Senior Property Manager at Mint360property | (02) 9326 7000 | [email protected]

Paul Plakidis is the Senior Property Manager at Mint360Property in Randwick, New South Wales. With years of industry experience and specialised knowledge of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, Paul is an integral figure in Mint360property's residential property management team. Paul launched his real estate career as a property officer in an Eastern Suburbs agency. He was quickly promoted to Senior Property Manager. His move to Mint360property in 2012 has resulted in his well-deserved reputation for being a knowledgeable, reliable and trustworthy professional.


    • Hi Wendy,
      As a tenant, you may either have a water bill that is in your own name, or you pay for water as part of your rent. If you’re not sure if you pay for water as part of your rent, check your tenancy agreement. This will be listed here.

      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.

  1. I have left where I was living and renting with my daughter, but where we are now is too small and has other problems. So we are now applying for other homes, but we keep getting knocked back. How can we get a real estate to give us a chance?

  2. The property manager is wrong as it’s an invasion of privacy. They must ask first since you might have underwear or other items in the built-in wardrobes. So, please, next time, ask the actual Tenancy board or Government branch that deals with rental properties.

  3. Exactly what I was thinking. Property managers aren’t exactly trustworthy when it comes to upholding tenants’ rights. I rented an entire furnished house, which would mean I am not entitled to any privacy at all for any of my belongings. Furnishings shouldn’t override my right to privacy. I would like an answer from someone actually qualified to give one.

  4. Hey Holly! Just tried to shoot you an email but the contact you left isn’t deliverable. We have a closed Facebook group that includes renters and agents from all over Australia. If you post your question on the group, you may receive a quicker, more relevant response, especially if you mention your state/territory. If you prefer not to include your name, you can post anonymously. Here’s the link to the group:

    Alternatively, if you require support from an official source, I suggest contacting the Tenancy Advice service in your state/territory.

  5. But, are they allowed to look through pantries, hall cupboards, or just general cupboards like built-in ones with clothes, etc. in them?