Landlord property checklists

posted on 15/03/2016 09:00:29 by James McAllister

Whether you’re just becoming a landlord for the first time, or you’re a seasoned property magnate, there are a lot of things to remember in your day-to-day activities – especially if you’re juggling multiple properties at one time. From getting a vacant house ready for new occupants, to finding suitable tenants to rent to – ensuring that no detail is missed is something that many landlords may find difficult to achieve.

In order to make sure that nothing is forgotten, it can help to have a simple checklist to follow in each process involved in being a landlord. The benefit of a checklist is that it’s a quick and easy way to manage which activities you’ve already carried out, and which you’ve yet to do.

Below, you can find a number of checklists for almost every aspect of being a landlord – click the links to view each checklist as a pdf document. You can also save the pdfs so that you can print them out and use them.

The new landlord checklist

Becoming a landlord for the first time can sometimes be a hectic process. We’ve created this handy checklist to guide you through the necessary steps for letting your first property. Click the link below to view the checklist. 

The new landlord checklist

The landlord inventory checklist

Before tenants move into any of your rental properties, it’s important that you put together a detailed inventory of the condition of the building and its contents. You and the tenant should both agree that the inventory is accurate, and sign it. You can then compare the inventory to the condition of the property when the tenant vacates, to accurately assess any damage or loss. It can also help to take pictures of the property and its contents when you create your inventory.

Click below to view a checklist for all the things you should consider including in your inventory.

The landlord inventory checklist

The safety & legal requirements checklist

As a landlord, you have certain legal obligations that you must fulfil before letting your property. To ensure that you comply with your legal responsibilities – and to avoid the risk of fine or legal action against you – use the checklist below.

The landlord safety and legal requirements checklist

The landlord cleaning checklist

Maintaining a good standard of cleanliness is important in the rental property world, for both landlords looking to find tenants, and tenants currently occupying a rented property. The checklist below can help you to make sure that your property is in an acceptable state of cleanliness prior to new occupants moving in, as well as make sure that tenants have cleaned your property adequately before moving out.

The landlord cleaning checklist

The tenant vetting checklist

When it comes to searching for tenants, it can often give you peace of mind to know a little bit about prospective renters before letting them move into your property. There are a number of steps that you can take to make sure that a prospective tenant is the right fit for your property – use the checklist to guide you through the process.

The tenant vetting checklist

The tenancy application form checklist

The main benefit of asking prospective tenants to fill in an application form to rent your property is that it gives you an opportunity to gather relevant information about them to help you decide whether you want to let to them or not. Use the checklist below to ensure that you include all the relevant information in your tenancy application form.

The tenancy application form checklist

The landlord maintenance checklist

You will be responsible for carrying out certain maintenance tasks during an active tenancy. To ensure that you don’t unwittingly forget any one duty, use the checklist below. You can also see our landlord vs tenant responsibility tool for more information around division of responsibilities.

The landlord maintenance checklist

The landlord inspection checklist

Most landlords understand the importance of carrying out regular inspections of their rental properties. There can be a large number of things to look for during an inspection, and it’s important that you don’t forget anything crucial. Use the checklist below to ensure that your inspections are as thorough and worthwhile as possible. You may also find it useful to refer to the above ‘landlord maintenance checklist’ to remind yourself of any maintenance issues to look for during an inspection.

The landlord inspection checklist

** Disclaimer: the above checklists are designed only as guides. They do not necessarily guarantee full legal compliance for landlords. **

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James McAllister

James is an online content creator at Make It Cheaper. Having previously created a variety of content for a number of websites and media outlets, James focuses on making it easy for SME owners to find interesting and engaging content - as well as useful guides and online tools.You can email James at

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