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To think the landlords don't need to be here the entire bank holiday weekend?

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centralwerk Mon 21-May-18 13:44:32

Have just been informed by our landlords that they will be here from Friday to Monday this weekend doing work on the front and back of the house. It's not for any kind of urgent repairs - they'll probably be painting, gardening etc.

They don't live locally and often come over bank holidays as it's obviously convenient to them. They are retired so technically could come anytime but I think they combine it with seeing family. We've had them here on previous BHs making a right racket. It's going to ruin our "quiet enjoyment" of the property as we can't sit in our (very small) garden if they're here.

AIBU to think they shouldn't impose upon us for the entirety of the BH weekend? Would it be reasonable to say we would prefer it if they didn't come on Monday at least?

Pengggwn Mon 21-May-18 13:45:13

Very reasonable.

PalePinkSwan Mon 21-May-18 13:45:45

You have no obligation to allow this at all. Jut say no.

9amTrain Mon 21-May-18 13:46:56

Yanbu.

They don't inform you.. they ask.

pinkmagic1 Mon 21-May-18 13:47:43

Of course mantinence has to take place sometimes and it is good that they are taking care of their property, many don't.
Yanbu to ask for one day when they are not around however.

GreenFingersWouldBeHandy Mon 21-May-18 13:48:13

Just tell them it is inconvenient as you were planning to have guests in the garden/BBQ and ask them to come another time.

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 21-May-18 13:48:53

No, just because it might be a convenient time for them doesn't mean they should assume it will be with you. It's your home.

Shoutylady Mon 21-May-18 13:49:13

Say no. You have a right to quiet enjoyment of the property. Maybe allow one day but not the whole weekend.

HarrietKettleWasHere Mon 21-May-18 13:50:08

I wouldn't even provide them with a reason like BBQ's etc. They only need to understand that it's a 'no'.

Trinity66 Mon 21-May-18 13:51:03

That's really unreasonable of them

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Mon 21-May-18 13:51:09

" Have just been informed by our landlords that they will be here from Friday to Monday this weekend doing work on the front and back of the house "

that is not how it works. They ask you, they don't inform you.
YOu have a right to 'quiet enjoyment' of the property. Therefore they come at a time that suits you. Not the bank holiday weekend.

DuchyDuke Mon 21-May-18 13:52:45

Why not request to put in your contract that you will be responsible for gardening, repairs, and painting? I agreed this with one trusted tenant as she has a dd with severe autism who can’t cope with unexpected visitors. It made it easier for me and I dropped the rent by a bit too.

centralwerk Mon 21-May-18 13:54:17

Thanks everybody. It is to our benefit that they are here at some point as we have an issue they need to look at but being here for 4 days is just taking the piss imo!

I think to be flexible we will say that Monday isn't convenient.

flufffysockks Mon 21-May-18 14:03:45

While you live there it is not their home.
They own the building and the land but they are paid to have someone else occupy it.
They don't get to turn up fannying about gardening and painting.
If you need a problem sorting, then pick one day that is convenient and tell them it's no good any other day and you don't really want them doing unnecessary jobs.

FourFriedChickensDryWhiteToast Mon 21-May-18 14:08:23

no, say that none of it is convenient.
Then offer them several separate days of your choice.

HerMajestysSecret Mon 21-May-18 14:10:45

Just say that it's not convenient and arrange another time with them.

How can this sort of everyday adult interaction be so hard to navigate?

Bluelady Mon 21-May-18 14:12:04

Why are they gardening? Surely that's the tenant's responsibility?

LighthouseSouth Mon 21-May-18 14:12:40

I'm pretty sure you can just say no to this

they can sort it out when it's convenient for you?

Furano Mon 21-May-18 14:14:06

"Not this bank holiday i'm afraid, you will need to agree a different mutually convenient date for this non urgent maintenance"

missbattenburg Mon 21-May-18 14:15:17

I think to be flexible we will say that Monday isn't convenient.

You are far more reasonable than me. I have rented many places and would never have allowed maintenance to happen over a weekend unless it was an emergency. I have always allowed it during weekdays when I am at work.

Why are they gardening? Surely that's the tenant's responsibility?

Very much depends on the contract.

TomRavenscroft Mon 21-May-18 14:16:10

Just say that it's not convenient and arrange another time with them. How can this sort of everyday adult interaction be so hard to navigate?

This exactly. hmm

Pinksta Mon 21-May-18 14:18:26

Absolutely not unreasonable. They are unreasonable. As a landlord myself (and a lawyer) I would never seek to behave in this way. They need to realise it is YOUR home, not theirs.

ikeepaforkinmypurse Mon 21-May-18 14:23:28

The landlord is not unreasonable to ask ,for all they know you could have planned to go away this weekend and it wouldn't be any bother. Someone working from home would find it much more disturbing during the week.

Just say "no" and offer alternative days that are convenient to you.

Not a huge issue!

Cartooner Mon 21-May-18 14:25:52

I'm not in the UK but this seems really bizarre. Do they actually sleep in the house to do this? The house you live in? I've never come across anything like that. As a landlord we arrange repairs and upkeep at times the tenants are away/undisturbed and we pay professionals usually unless it's routine stuff.

LadyLance Mon 21-May-18 14:26:37

You have the right to quiet enjoyment of your rented property- you don't have to allow landlords access for non-essential repairs.

I'd suggest to the landlords that it also makes more sense for you to maintain the garden as you are living there. Then it can be done at times that suit you (and when the weather is suitable). Do you feel the property needs to be painted?

If this maintenance is essential, or something you want doing, then it makes sense to agree a time with the landlords. Otherwise, I'd simply refuse access for this purpose.

When I've lived in rented properties (for a year or more at a time, often), the landlord has never required access to do maintenance. I wouldn't like the landlord to come regularly to do this kind of work- it would feel like they were checking up on me.

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