When Considering a rental an inspection is a useful tool to help pinpoint repairs that may be needed and not easily visible. Rental inspections are not typically done by a tenant but can inform you about possible problems before signing a lease.
Checking for radon, asbestos, lead paint, lead in the water and mold can help a renter be assured that the space they will be renting is safe. It is also a good idea to check the roof for leaks and damage.
Often rental properties require a large deposit and doing an inspection prior to moving in puts both the tenant and landlord on notice as to what repairs are needed and helps avoid any disputes later on.