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To think flat inspection should occur when it is convenient for tenant?

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Bearfrills Wed 03-Apr-19 16:32:00

Technically I think you have the right to change the locks for the duration of your tenancy, but might be a faff.

You can change the locks so long as you either put the old ones back on when you leave or give them keys to the new locks (e.g., if they're better quality than the ones you replaced or the old ones are broken). It's fairly easy to do, just a case of swapping out the barrels.

Bearfrills Wed 03-Apr-19 16:30:36

So yes they can enter whether you're there or not but they should send you notification.

No. They can't.

They only time they can enter without your permission is in an emergency.

Bearfrills Wed 03-Apr-19 16:29:52

It doesn't matter whether they give you 24 hours notice or 24 days notice, they have no right to enter without your say-so except in an emergency because you have the right to quiet enjoyment. This takes precedence over whatever is written in the tenancy agreement and if you say "no, that's not convenient, please come at a different time" then they have to abide by that.

needanappp Wed 03-Apr-19 16:28:23

In both instances, viewings and inspections, they should make you aware that they are coming beforehand. They are able to enter and conduct both whether you are there or not however, in my experience, letting agents can be flexible if you would rather be present and will try to accommodate this however, they ar not obliged to.

It always baffles me as to why they would want to enter without the tenant present though. I know sometimes needs must and legally they can but surely they open themselves up to issues. A tenant could accuse them of damaging or stealing property for example.

So yes they can enter whether you're there or not but they should send you notification.

donajimena Wed 03-Apr-19 16:27:19

I should explain to make the agency feel awkward. I don't really want group sex or karaoke.

donajimena Wed 03-Apr-19 16:25:47

No its not part of renting! You are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of your home. I'd tell them to reschedule to a time convenient for you. In my fantasy world I'd have ten mates around for karaoke and group sex when the agency were due to call in.

burritofan Wed 03-Apr-19 16:23:55

They should be giving you 24 hours notice in writing; they're not allowed to just yoohoo like the Avon lady and make themselves at home. Can you lock the door from the inside so they can't just wander in? (Technically I think you have the right to change the locks for the duration of your tenancy, but might be a faff.) Say no to the 4.30 visit, you've every right to.

SneakyGremlins Wed 03-Apr-19 16:22:15

But that's part of renting confused I always get a letter about a month in advance saying when they'll be coming.

Just coming in isn't acceptable though if you haven't had notice.

ambravale Wed 03-Apr-19 16:18:59

We have really shitty estate agents who manage our rented flat for the land lord/owner. We are moving out in about 4 months at the end of our lease.

A few weeks ago I was having a bath and heard a knock but ignored it. Next thing I know, someone was unlocking the bloody door !!! This was at about 10:30am so not super early but it was my day off. I asked the woman if I coule help her, and she said oh we have a possible future tenant wanting to look around. It wasn’t, is that ok, it was sort of; this is what is happening.

Today I got an email saying “We will be coming for an inspection of your flat at 4:40 on Friday. You do not need to be present”

Erm, actually no, I don’t want someone nosing around my flat. As it happens I’m hosting a dinner party that night with drinks starting at 4:30, so no I don’t want them here.

AIBU to think they ought to say, “Would it be possible to come at X time, or when is appropriate?”

I think it’s cheeky to say say we are coming. Erm, no, bugger off! As it happens, their fees are jolly well expensive too!

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