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to think landlord is taking the p*ss?

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billiejeanbob Sun 23-Nov-14 00:11:07

We have lived in current rented property for 5 years. Landlord recently told me he is selling the house but new buyer would have to take over our rolling tenancy, so wouldn't be much different for us.

I should add I have 3 dc with additional needs and claim some hb so finding another property plus the disruption for the dcs is not ideal.

This week alone the ll and ea have been around for something or another 5 days in a row. This has included taking photos, measurements, energy checks etc. This has been a huge disruption but I wanted to be fair so agreed to the appointments.
The ll arranged a viewing for today and got very annoyed when I suggested it was not convineant. I agreed to this visit due to the ll pressuring me and had to cancel dd's therapy session, losing £70. I then rushed around all morning trying to keep 3 dcs occupied and the house immaculate. The ea and potential buyer didn't even turn up.

aibu to inform ll that I will require at least 24 hours notice before a viewing and will not agree to any on a weekend. The most I will allow during one week is three viewings.
Is this reasonable?

peskyprolapse Sun 23-Nov-14 00:13:12

I don't believe you have to allow viewings at all.

But 24 hours is reasonable, in fact I'd ask for more than that. Three days maybe.

LaurieFairyCake Sun 23-Nov-14 00:14:00

It is reasonable to say none, you don't have to have them round at all.

And there's no guarantee that you will keep your tenancy, if the buyer wants it empty the landlord will just give you notice.

juicycelebrity Sun 23-Nov-14 00:14:15

Not unreasonable at all. Especially after the no show today. You are entitled to quiet enjoyment of the property despite it being on the market.

peskyprolapse Sun 23-Nov-14 00:15:27

But what does your contract say?

Wibblypiglikesbananas Sun 23-Nov-14 00:15:52

I'm a landlord. Check your contract re viewings. You need 24 hours' notice to do a landlord's check legally.

billiejeanbob Sun 23-Nov-14 00:21:35

tenancy doesn't mention access for viewings etc.
I want to be fair to the ll as I would like to stay here as the house is in a perfect location for us and dd is now settled in at the local school with a team of therapists, so I am reluctant to disrupt this.
I just feel like this is a no win situation. If I continue to allow all of these visits life will be incredibly stressful yet if I decline the ll will probably evict us.
think I will start looking for another property close to dd's school.

Chattymummyhere Sun 23-Nov-14 00:27:13

Does not matter what the ops contract States the law is the law and 25 hours except for emergencies notice must always be given and permission from the tenant a contract cannot override the law and the ll could find them selfs in for a case of harrasment agasint them if they continue to push. Also you can change the locks dispite what your contract States as long as you reinstate the originals before you leave, the only way they would find out is if they tried to gain entry without your permission witch is agasint the law apart from emergencies which trying to sell a house is not.

Chattymummyhere Sun 23-Nov-14 00:27:22

Oh and yanbu

Chattymummyhere Sun 23-Nov-14 00:27:48

Stupid phone 24 not 25 hours

26Point2Miles Sun 23-Nov-14 00:36:33

Does he know you claim HB?

whois Sun 23-Nov-14 00:40:02

Not U to require 24 hours notice and try to limit the no of viewings.

However, don't worry about keeping the house immaculate! It is what it is, and it's not a show home. If you're in the middle of a mess and dealing with the DCs then so be it.

MidniteScribbler Sun 23-Nov-14 00:46:19

The thing is, if you refuse viewings completely, then the landlord may just decide you aren't worth the trouble and will evict you as they obviously need to sell. They've tried to consider that they could target an investor to sell to, which would mean you could stay in the property, and I think you should try and work with him a little in the hope that it can happen that way for you. Twenty four hours notice isn't unreasonable, and putting your foot down if they try to have too many viewing is also fair, but to say no completely will see you out of the property and looking for a new home and without a decent reference. I know it's an absolute pain, but you do need to try and work together.

fluffymouse Sun 23-Nov-14 00:48:17

Most contracts would oblige you to allow viewings with notice.

By not allowing them, as midnight points out, you would be shooting yourself in the foot.

ChippingInAutumnLover Sun 23-Nov-14 00:53:33

In the long run if the house suits you, you are best to be as agreeable as possible, but decide what you can and can't do.

You cannot keep it like a show home, you don't need to.

You can't have loads of different appointments at the weekend, but could you say any weekend appointments need to be between x o'clock and y o'clock and make sure they realise you still need to be told if they're coming or not?!

Make sure they know about your situation with the kids as well, if they don't already, otherwise they won't really appreciate just how hard this is for you!

billiejeanbob Sun 23-Nov-14 00:56:19

Yes ll knows I claim a percentage of hb.
I am not going to decline all viewings. like I said before I do want to be fair and I am willing to accommodate viewings. I just feel that 5-6 days a week is excessive tbh.

ChippingInAutumnLover Sun 23-Nov-14 01:02:21

It is a lot, but that was getting it ready to sell, not now it's on the market. Try not to pre-empt hassle. Also, don't cancel any more sessions. If dd has a session just tell them that time isn't convenient or they can come but not go into whatever room you use for that.

cheesecakemom Sun 23-Nov-14 01:05:59

It is excessive - but you want to stay so it's a catch 22 scenario. I suspect your landlord also realises your predicament but possibly couldn't care less - he wants to sell and that's all that matters to him.

Ask for 24 hours notice - which is the norm.

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