Allowing people in to view my house

(19 Posts)
annrkey28 Fri 29-Jan-16 17:05:44

Hello everybody. At the start of this month my landlord contacted me to inform me he was moving abroad and selling the house i have rented off him for many years. I have 2 months to move out and he assured me that no-one would be coming to view the house while i was still in it. After having to sitting in 4 times for estate agents for him i have now been informed people will now be coming to view the house.

So after him reneging on our agreement i am now expected to take time out of my days to allow people into my home with all my stuff in it to traipse around my house. Added to this my daughter has leukemia, has low immune system and is home alot. These constant visitors may give her an infection which will lead to days in hospital. Also im spending alot of my time trying to find a house for myself and my family (3 of us). Ive paid rent for years and should be allowed to enjoy my home while i can.

My question to you all is, do i have to let these people into my home?. Can i refuse on medical grounds?. What can my landlord do about it?.

MrsMarigold Fri 29-Jan-16 17:16:47

Yes you have to let them in, also can't the estate agent just being the people around while you are out. Sorry to hear about your daughter.

LaurieFairyCake Fri 29-Jan-16 17:18:01

No, you don't have to let them in.

Say no. Keep saying no. You are entitled to peaceful enjoyment of your home

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Fri 29-Jan-16 17:18:18

You do not have to let them in at all and they can't force you. The law is on your side.

Ginmakesitallok Fri 29-Jan-16 17:19:25

Mrs marigold is wrong. You do NOT have to agree to viewings. You can just say no.

DayToDayShit Fri 29-Jan-16 17:21:45

If he is a decent landlord and knowing your current circumstances, he should allow you to move out and then proceed with selling it. Especially as you have been a long time tenant.

specialsubject Fri 29-Jan-16 17:27:21

this keeps coming up. You don't have to allow any viewings at all. Medicals, kids, all irrelevant. As is any clause in the contract.

get informed of your rights. There's the 'how to rent' booklet on gov.uk.

tell the agent tomorrow 'no more viewings'. If they argue (industry is unregulated and full of crooks) tell them to go look it up.

specialsubject Fri 29-Jan-16 17:28:30

is this England/Wales? IF so....

have you had a correct section 21 notice? That is the only legal start to the procedure of getting you to leave.

annrkey28 Fri 29-Jan-16 17:30:22

Thanks for the replies. The problem i would have with letting people in when i am out is i dont want to leave my possessions at the hands of strangers. Nobody would let strangers wander around their unattended house like this to potentially steal what they want.

annrkey28 Fri 29-Jan-16 17:31:18

RE Special subject. I am in Scotland

May09Bump Fri 29-Jan-16 18:20:39

I'm sorry your Daughter is going through such a tough time, my brother in law came through it and is doing fantastic years after - best wishes!

Legally you don't have too - but do you need a reference from your LL and a quick return of your deposit? Because they might be in jeopardy if you don't give access. Given your Daughters condition, I fully understand your position.

I've dealt with viewings in a rented home a couple of times - I started to pack anything valuable or not needed for now asap. Then, when people come around I wasn't too worried about possessions. You could also insist they just come round one day a week.

HeadDreamer Fri 29-Jan-16 18:24:01

You are wrong with

Nobody would let strangers wander around their unattended house like this to potentially steal what they want.

This is exactly how most people sell their house. The potential buyers come and view when the sellers are out.

But it sounds like it's within your rights to allow viewing.

My rental contracts always have a viewing clause. I just told the agents to let them in. Unless selling my own place I didn't care about making it clean for the landlord!

specialsubject Fri 29-Jan-16 18:32:35

you'll need to check Scottish rental law in that case. But I believe they are quite advanced so surely they have deposit protection and quiet enjoyment?

IShouldBeSoLurky Fri 29-Jan-16 19:09:05

HeadDreamer the difference is that when it's you own house you are selling you suck up the risk, intrusion and inconvenience because they're outweighed by the benefit of selling the property. There's no benefit for a tenant.

annrkey28 Fri 29-Jan-16 21:09:50

Until I move out I am considering it my home. There is no upside for me let people into my home that I don't want here. I just need to know the legality of refusing entry....

lighteningirl Fri 29-Jan-16 22:14:25

No he can sell the house after you move out absolutely you do not have to host viewings for him.

Toughasoldboots Fri 29-Jan-16 22:17:45

The refere

Toughasoldboots Fri 29-Jan-16 22:20:44

The references that I have been asked for are if rent has been paid and damage. Your deposit can't be withheld for it either.
I do hope that your daughter does well it must be so incredibly stressful for you and your landlord shouldn't even be asking you to do this.
I only know the law for England and reiterate that you don't have to allow viewings.

Boxymcloxy1900 Fri 29-Jan-16 22:22:59

I feel for you as I had this when I left my last place. It was for sale AND rent shock. Not with me in it I should add.

I hated allowing viewings BUT when looking for a new place I wanted other people to be flexible so I could look round. It was just a case of having to go through it and get it over and done with asap.

Good luck.

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