Can the landlord take pictures of the inside of the house when doing an inspection while the tenants belongings are present?

UPDATED: Sep 1, 2011

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Can the landlord take pictures of the inside of the house when doing an inspection while the tenants belongings are present?

The tenant will be present with the landlord. The home is fully furnished and the house inside is a mess as well as lawn.

Asked on September 1, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Virginia


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If the landlord wishes to take photographs of his property that is rented out to a tenant during an authorized and agreed upon inspection there is nothing preventing the landlord from doing so. In fact, many landlords take photographs of the inside of their rentals from time to time to document its condition during the tenant's occupation as custom and practice of property management.

The only caution that I have is that the landlord needs to give reasonable notice to the tenant for the requested inspection and access to the rented unit. Reasonable access is typically twenty-four (24) hours minimum.

If the inside of the home is in disarray, it is probably a wise thing that the inspection is being done and that photgraphs will be taken depicting what is observed for future need.

Good luck.

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