Are they taking care of the home or destroying it? Granted there is a fine line when it comes to inspecting the interior of the home on a repeated basis. You don’t want to tell them how to live their life or impede on their quiet of enjoyment. However, as a landlord, you have a right to expect that the resident will take care of the home and comply with the rules and regulations set out in the lease. If they are not complying, how does that affect you?
For example: let’s say you have a beautiful home with a well-manicured front lawn with flowers lining up the entrance, but your resident never waters the lawn and the lawn dies. Now, you must pay a gardener to either re-sod or seed and cover, buy more flowers, and spend extra money in water to bring the lawn back to life. This is an extra cost that you wouldn’t have incurred if they hadn’t “violated” the agreement to keep the home just like you gave it to them.
As you can see these kinds of behaviors affect your investment and may cost you up to thousands of dollars in repairs in the future. Do you want to have a resident in the home that doesn’t take care of it? Would you give them a flat $25.00 rent increase?