At HomePointe Property Management we suggest to our clients that they let us see the inside of their rental at least once year. Many owners decline this inspection claiming it costs money and may result in repairs. We also suggest that our clients get a structural inspection (sometimes called a structural pest report) every two years. Virtually all of our clients decline the offer to do this. It can cost a few hundred dollars and that would be the main reason they decline.
The city and county of Sacramento know that rental property owners left to their own devices will not take care of their rentals. In their effort to take care of the rental inventory in our area, they now require an annual inspection either by them or by the owner. If the owner does it the report must be kept on file.
Having been in the business for many years I have noted that the inspections by the city and country help keep more rental property in better shape. Of course, the cost makes owning a rental not as attractive, but it is the cost of doing business.