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Landlord told us to take political poster down

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Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 13:56:40

We live in a nice rented house. Been here for three years, no problems whatsoever. We both work full time, have two DC. Just your average family and have never caused any problems! We take most minor maintenance on ourselves as well. Have yearly inspections from the letting agents, however last week after the inspection the LA told me the LL wanted to come inspect the property for himself.
So when he came round, he explained he wasn't happy with the Labour Party poster we have displayed in our front room window. DH and myself are both active in our local Labour Party, and do a lot of leafleting, etc, so are known by the neighbours as the go to people for involvement with the party.
The landlord said he doesn't want his house being used to promote politics, particularly when it's not something he supports himself. confused
AIBU to think he has no right to tell us what we can and cannot display when we pay the rent? There is nothing in our tenancy agreement about it, and he is fine with us having photos, paintings and so on hanging on the walls, as well as letting us redecorate to our tastes!

Sirzy Tue 21-Nov-17 13:58:03

I think it’s a fair enough request from him.

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 13:58:56

Why? He doesn't live here, and we pay him rent so we can live and enjoy our lives here.

missingmonkey Tue 21-Nov-17 14:00:47

It's in my council tenancy agreement that I can't...

carnassials Tue 21-Nov-17 14:01:03

Often there is something in a tenancy agreement saying you are not allowed to put signs or posters in windows. Does your tenancy agreement have this?

Nocabbageinmyeye Tue 21-Nov-17 14:01:34

Ya I think it's fair enough too to be honest, it effects the look from the outside and probably looks tacky, anything like that does so fair enough I would think, I wouldn't like it as a landlord or a neighbour

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 14:01:48

missing I don't live in a council house, it's private rented and there's nothing in our contract regarding it. It's not big or eye catching, it's simply an A4 poster in the bottom corner of the window.

Marcine Tue 21-Nov-17 14:01:56

Unless there is something in your tenancy agreement he can do one.

Pengggwn Tue 21-Nov-17 14:01:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 14:02:18

Nope, nothing in tenancy agreement. Have been through it with a fine tooth comb over last two days!!!

Pengggwn Tue 21-Nov-17 14:02:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

haba Tue 21-Nov-17 14:03:34

Previously it was in my AST agreement that we couldn't display posters of any affiliation. You're entitled to "quiet enjoyment" of the property, but proselytising isn't quiet enjoyment, IMO!

Twickerhun Tue 21-Nov-17 14:04:01

Im a landlord and I’d only tell you to remove anything offesive or engineered to generate hatred.
Check your tenancy agreement.

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 14:04:14

Ok, but I have said repeatedly there is nothing in our tenancy agreement to stipulate anything of this kind.

thecatsthecats Tue 21-Nov-17 14:05:09

It's been in every single tenancy agreement I've ever had.

Unless you joined the labour party because you saw a poster, it's hardly a big deal anyway. Trust me, you're not convincing anyone just by having it up!

SleepFreeZone Tue 21-Nov-17 14:05:47

Thing is you are potentially inviting problems to the house by displaying a political leaning so publically. Let's swap Labour for a Britain First or even Conservative poster. That could be inflammatory and I suspect your Landlord would rather not risk it.

If it were me I'd stick the poster in my car instead and let him try and argue with you about that. Hell stick a big Labour rosette on your lapel too next inspection 😉

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 14:06:00

It isn't in our tenancy agreement, as I keep saying....

sunshinesupermum Tue 21-Nov-17 14:06:38

YABU - it is your home but it is still your LL's property and if he doesn't want you displaying political posters on the window that is his prerogative.

It's not as if there's a General Election taking place after all, which might then be understandable.

Sheitgeist Tue 21-Nov-17 14:06:57

I don't see that he can force you: it's not even going to leave a mark if it's in the glass.
Then again, I'm a LL myself, and if I saw a Tory poster in the window of my property it'd make me feel less than pleased! (Not that I'd do anything about it)

Pengggwn Tue 21-Nov-17 14:07:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 14:07:14

I've told him if he would like to amend the tenancy agreement to include no political parties, fine. Until I have it in writing, it will be staying up.

Thedriftofstars Tue 21-Nov-17 14:07:40

Sorry, should have said no political parties posters.

Wiggypudding Tue 21-Nov-17 14:07:51

If it's not in your tenancy agreement then I don't see how they have a leg to stand on. I would ask them to refer me to the relevant clause.

It's a mainstream political party, not the BNP, I don't see what their problem is.

Ttbb Tue 21-Nov-17 14:08:18

With an attitude like that I'm surprised he's not a Labour Party supporter. He sounds a bit bonkers tbf. I am most definitely not a labour supporter, well not under their current leadership at any rate. Baring that in mind, my advice to you is to put up a poster in every single window.

Sirzy Tue 21-Nov-17 14:08:21

I think you need to seriously consider which is more important having your tenancy renewed when up or having a poster up. Is it really worth pissing your landlord of over?

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