Advice and Opinion

Internationally acclaimed property inspection software lands in South Africa

South African property professionals can count on a radically improved property inspection process, following the local release of internationally developed, award-winning inspections software Property Inspect.

With in-going and outgoing inspections a legal requirement for every property rental, property inspections have become a large part of every letting agent and/or landlord’s duties, often demanding hours of tedious work, admin and coordination. Recognizing the critical need to streamline this process and set the standard for efficient, professional inspections in the local market, South African start-up Property Sprout embarked on a journey of rigorous research, testing a wide range of inspection software products from around the world.

The answer was Property Inspect – a complete, end-to- end inspections software solution developed with the real needs of property managers, letting agents and inspection clerks in mind.

Since its development 8 years ago, Property Inspect has been put to the test in the UK and US inspection markets, evolving it into one of the most innovative, yet user-friendly products on the market. Known as InventoryBase in the UK, the full-service software and mobile app not only makes creating in-going, outgoing and midterm inspection reports extremely quick and simple, but also offers a highly effective management system that allows real-time diary scheduling and monitoring of all inspections activity from one centralized dashboard.

The integrated solution comes at an opportune time for the fast-growing South African property sector, protecting letting agents, landlords and tenants from the damage disasters and deposit disputes that they currently face on a daily basis.

“The refund of a tenant’s deposit is the most strongly contested aspect of residential rentals, with most tenants believing that any damages claimed fall under fair wear and tear, and most landlords insisting on retaining as much as possible,” says Vivien Marks, ex Rental Tribunal practitioner and co-owner of the Assessment Centre for Real Estate Agents. “Professionally conducted in-going and outgoing inspections are essential to provide genuine proof of damages which should avoid possible costly and unpleasant legal situations.”

Property law specialist Ilse Pretorius comments further, “‘Viewing’ a dwelling is not the same as inspecting it for the purposes set out in the Rental Housing Amendment Act, that is, inspecting it for possible defects. The inspection is therefore not just a visit to ‘show’ the dwelling to the tenant. A formal ‘joint inspection,’ with both the landlord and tenant present, must be done before the tenant moves into the dwelling, and again towards the expiry of the lease. These are peremptory provisions in the Act.”

With Property Inspect’s tailored inspection templates, checklists and billing paper trail, the days of arguing over burnt carpets and damaged appliances are over.

Property Inspect’s development team continues to monitor the needs of property professionals all over the world and expand the product’s functionality to keep pace with these growing needs. The software gives rise to a new way of thinking about property inspections; it paves the way for a robust, streamlined and standardized inspection process within South Africa’s leading property enterprises.