Housing inspections

At some point during your tenancy we will need to access your residence in order to:

  • carry out repairs and maintenance work
  • provide periodic access for the lessor (if the property is leased)
  • organise the sale or valuation of the property, or
  • check the property prior to you vacating it.

Typically, you will be provided with at least seven days notice prior to an inspection but at a minimum, you will be given 72 hours notice. During these inspections, please ensure your dogs are restrained.

A Welcome Inspection occurs prior to you occupying your property. The purpose of this inspection is to welcome you to your new home and explain key information such as your rights and responsibilities as the occupant. It is a requirement that the Defence member signs the Tenancy Agreement and Ingoing Condition report (ICR) upon acceptance of a property.

A pre-vacation inspection (PVI) occurs prior to you moving out. Defence Housing Australia will contact you to arrange a suitable time. It is a requirement that the Defence member is present at the PVI so you understand your obligations for maintenance and any potential tenant charges.

If you are unable to attend your PVI, you may appoint someone to attend on your behalf. This person may be your spouse, partner or a representative. Login to Online Services today to appoint an Agent.

In order to maintain and monitor the quality of housing we provide, we conduct periodic inspections of your property during business hours. The inspection is carried out by a Property Manager and arranged by Defence Housing Australia, should you need to change the date/time of this inspection please contact Defence Housing Australia on 139 342. The purpose of the inspection is to identify any maintenance requirements and any non-fair wear and tear. Read about how we define non-fair wear and tear and the standards of repair required. We may conduct additional periodic inspections of the property to help maintain the quality of our housing.
If you are residing in a property which has recently constructed/upgraded as a part of Defence Housing Australia’s program of provisioning housing stock, a defect or structural inspection may be required during your tenancy to identify any defects and facilitate the necessary repairs that may exist on your property prior to the defect or structural warranty period.
The owner of a leased property is entitled to reasonable access if they are to on-sell or have their property valued. They must first contact us and where possible, we will combine a lessor inspection with a periodic inspection to minimise inconvenience.
We sell some of our properties to private investors. If your residence is to be included in this program, we will notify you and arrange for prospective investors to view the property at a mutually convenient time.
  • The prospective purchaser will be accompanied through the property by a contracted Sales Consultant, or Defence Housing Australia staff member, and will remain with the Defence Housing Australia representative at all times.
  • No photos will be taken.
  • No cupboards, drawers etc. will be opened.
  • Additional inspections may be required by the prospective purchaser for the purpose of building/pest inspections and bank valuations. These will be coordinated with you at a mutually convenient time.
  • Please note the Defence Housing Australia representative attending the inspection is a sales representative. If you need to discuss matters about the property, please call Defence Housing Australia on 139 342.
  • Photos may need to be taken to assist the company with its report.
  • Inspections may be required by the purchaser for the purpose of a building, pest, or bank valuations. These will be coordinated with you at a mutually convenient time.
  • If you need to discuss matters about the property, please contact Defence Housing Australia on 139 342.

Before you vacate

When you vacate your Service Residence it is your responsibility to ensure that it is cleaned to the cleaning standards as agreed to between DHA and the Department of Defence.

In order to minimise associated costs for extra cleaning which have not met the required standard, you should pay particular attention to certain aspects of your final clean. For example, make sure the oven and grill have no burnt-on grease or carbon deposits and ensure mould, mildew or soap scum is removed from bathrooms.

We will complete a thorough cleaning and maintenance check (including a professional steam clean of the carpets) after your departure in preparation for the new tenants. Carpet cleaning charges will be automatically deducted from your salary.

After uplift you do not need to clean the area where your large appliances or pieces of furniture were positioned during your tenancy.
You must ensure that:
  • You continue to water all gardens and lawns until the day of uplift, subject to local water restrictions
  • All garden beds, lawns and paths are weed free
  • Shrubs and trees are trimmed back from the house, gutters, clothesline and pathways (if required)
  • Lawns are mowed and the edges trimmed
  • Garden clippings and house-hold rubbish are removed
  • Wet grease and oil stains are to be cleaned off the driveway and parking areas
  • Arrangements are made for the collection of any skips and trash packs etc
  • Rubbish is removed and the bins are cleaned and secured in the garage or garden shed
  • The residence and grounds are free from pest infestations stemming from pets
  • The garage is swept out, and
  • You clean all gutters that can be reached with a standard 1.8 metre step ladder (contact your local regional office for assistance with high set gutters).
  • Clean all mould from windows, sliding doors, window and door tracks, blinds, pergolas and fences
  • Pressure clean all staining and dirt from external paths, driveways (take care if painted), fences and patio slabs.
You are required to:
  • Vacuum all carpeted floor areas
  • Sweep and mop any non-carpeted floors
  • Remove all rubbish from the Service Residence and surrounding grounds
  • Clean heating and cooling filters
  • Replace all blown light globes, and
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and all remotes.

You do not need to re-clean the floors after your uplift.

Wet areas

As close as possible to your uplift, you are required to clean all wet areas thoroughly, removing mildew and soap scum. On the day of uplift you must ensure that the toilet and shower areas are clean.


You are required to remove food residue and grease from sinks, splashbacks and bench tops. The hot plates, oven, grill, range hood and filters must be cleaned before uplift to remove all burnt on deposits and grease. Place sink plugs under the sink to ensure they are not packed at uplift.

The Pre-vacation Inspection cleaning standard is intended to be a reasonable starting point for us to prepare the property for the next tenant. Your Property Manager is available to discuss these cleaning standards with you at any time.

It’s important to know that when you’re relocating at your own expense as a Defence tenant you are not eligible for a Defence funded clean when vacating an SR and you are responsible for cleaning the residence to the Defence standard. The above cleaning checklist is not to be used for own expense relocations.

DHA will provide and offer you access to our contractors for cleaning if requested and you will be required to pay the full costs of the clean and any additional cleaning charges. 

If you have any concerns or questions please ensure to discuss these matters with your Property Manager at the time of your Pre-vacation Inspection or submit an enquiry via Online Services.

View the Self move cleaning checklist (PDF 79 KB) to assist in the requirements needed when you have decided to conduct a self-move.

Note: The Self move cleaning checklist is not to be used when conducting a government funded removal, please refer to the Tenant Handbook (PDF 1.4 MB) when this is occurring.