Gaining access to tenant's bedrooms

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    Gaining access to tenant's bedrooms

    To make a long story brief. I was previously a live in landlord, with 2 tenants, 1 room each. I've now moved out of the property, and they are still there.

    There has been ongoing issues with their bedroom windows, which need repairing. The company have visited about 4 times in the last few months without me being present. Tenants were there to let them in, and show them their rooms. The issue reoccurs each time, so for their next visit, i wish to be present to see what exactly it is that they are doing.

    I've made an appointment with the company to come back out to look at both bedroom windows, they'll be there, as will i, however, both tenants now say they won't be home for this appointment. As a landlord, am i within my right to grant the company looking at the windows access to their bedrooms, or do i need their permission, and/or for the tenants to be present? I've informed the tenants of the appointment already, which is 3 weeks away.

    #2
    s11(6)of LL&T Act 1985 says...
    (6) In a lease in which the lessor’s repairing covenant is implied there is also implied a covenant by the lessee that the lessor, or any person authorised by him in writing, may at reasonable times of the day and on giving 24 hours’ notice in writing to the occupier, enter the premises comprised in the lease for the purpose of viewing their condition and state of repair.
    - see
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1985/70/section/11

    Just issue an appropriate s11 notice & WRITTEN authority for workmen. Reasonable hours, AT LEAST 24 hrs notice..
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      If you've moved out then the tenants probably now have an AST. Whether that's for their bedroom or the whole property may depend on what's in any written agreement you already have with them. If they have exclusive possession you will need to give 24hrs notice to even enter the house.

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        #4
        And it wasn't and isn't an HMO (assuming you own the property).
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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