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Where have I been, I hear the silence ask?

The owner wants to inspect the house on Wednesday. We only found out on tuesday, and on friday we discovered that no, we cannot change the date of the inspection. Because the owner doesn't live in Melbourne, and will only be down on one day, blah blah blah. I was under the impression that we were entitled to two weeks notice before any inspection, but maybe I was mistaken.

In any case, there has been cleaning. There will be more cleaning. Most of the cleaning will be throwing stuff out and vacuuming. Our house isn't one of those nasty student houses where things are growing under piles of undescribable rubbish, there's just a whole lot of random stuff all over the place. Except for the bathroom, which I will today be attacking with a steam gun, and the backyard, which due to a suspected poisoning should have nothing growing in it any way (this means mighty weeding).

I'm irritated and cranky and generally nervous that we won't get the place clean. (Of course we will get the place clean, seeing as how in half a day we did two and a half rooms, but you know, I'm a panicy person.) Basically I wouldn't be much company anyway.

I broke the vacuum cleaner, fixed it with electrician's tape, beat the rugs with a broom over the fence, and went shopping for more cleaning products.

Now, to warm up my precious steam gun...

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verylisa
Mar. 6th, 2005 10:03 am (UTC)
By law, you're only entitled to 24 hours' notice before an inspection. Most agents and landlords give a week's notice, but they don't have to.

Also: "Your landlord/agent has the right to enter the property for this reason [a general inspection] - but only between the hours of 8am and 6pm (and not on public holidays), unless you agree otherwise. Note, however, that the landlord/agent can only make a general inspection once every 6 months, and not in the first 3 months of the tenancy."
kitling
Mar. 7th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
I thought it was 48hrs - but yes - written notice is the key. We had a letter hand delivered into our letter box one saturday afternoon, strangly enough we didn't check the mail on the weekend and was quite suprised when we got a call from the real estate agent on monday morning asking if we would be home that morning. We objected to the lack of notice, but the handwritten notice was the point we couldn't argue with. I seem to recall I had to get my younger sister to be home to talk to the agent.

That said - House Inspections get a lot less stressful when you realise that the agents don't care about general untidiness and really are only bothered by structural damage and serious filth.

That said our agent doesn't seem to want to inspect our house, although we've explained to the owner that the mess in the front yard is my anti-burglar tactic (if it looks like a dump its not worth robbing) and thats why I don't bother weeding/mowing the front area. The owner is amused by this and thinks its a clever plan, because our house really does look like a dive from out the front, despite being nice inside.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 7th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
House Inspections get a lot less stressful when you realise that the agents don't care about general untidiness and really are only bothered by structural damage and serious filth.

Wot she said. Mostly they are coming to see that you aren't damaging the place, by, i dunno, setting it on fire. So tidy is the key, not perfect to the point where you could move out.

Don't forget its also a chance to say "hey, this is broken, fix it" to the agent when they wander through as well... not that they always pay attention *grumble* leaky toilet *grumble*

Damien
rincemaj
Mar. 7th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
If you run into any problems with your landlord(s), I can thoroughly recommend the victorian tenants rights toll free number mentioned in your tenant's handbook (or just google it).

I had major dramas with my landlady a couple of years ago trying to screw me over, and with the help of the legal advice I managed to get a compromise that actually worked really well.
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