Vacant Property Inspections

Regular weekly or fortnightly inspections of vacant residential dwellings or commercial units can be an obligation of unoccupied property insurance policy conditions and landlords duty of care. Without these Vacant Property Inspections (VPI’s), properties might not be fully insured for vandalism, theft or other losses such as leaks, mould, fly tipping or pest damage.

Our Process

Our professional Vacant Property Inspections include a detailed internal and external check of the property and site. This includes a checklist for landlords itemising the property condition, utility meter readings, a perimeter security check of windows and doors and any other issues which have occurred such as graffiti or fly tipping. Not only do we provide a full written report but we check any change in the property condition from the previous report and provide supporting photographs.

Where Secure Empty Property have installed our temporary intruder alarm systems, these also provide an independently verifiable audit trail of the frequency of VPI’s, time & date of attendance and duration of the visit. In addition, vehicles are tracked and photography is geo-tagged with time and date of the property inspection. This can be essential to evidence compliance with property insurance policy conditions in the event of a claim or loss.

It can also be an insurance policy condition to isolate and drain down utilities including water, gas and electricity. Our vacant property inspections can provide independent checks this has been done and meter readings ensure that these utilities have not been reinstated by contractors at any time.

Interested? Contact our experienced and friendly team and we can have your property secured in hours.

Call 0330 088 1973, email or fill in the form and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Insurers can require a weekly internal and external site visit to empty properties even when they are protected with remotely monitored intruder detectors. This evidences that the site is secure and reports any building maintenance issues, build-up of fly tipping or graffiti which can affect the site’s vulnerability.

Weekly inspections – or more frequently if required – provide an independent, verified attendance on site which is time/date stamped. A report of the site condition with images and meter readings is provided to evidence attendance and to ensure insurance compliance.

The Void Property Inspection (VPI) will report back issues of ‘sharps’ or drug paraphernalia on site. These represent an H&S risk to visitors and contractors on site including Hepatitis which should be eliminated at the earliest opportunity.

This requires specialist clearance from Secure Empty Property and so would be instructed and charged separately.