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    Landlord wants to doing building work

    Hi, we’ve rented our current property (3 bedroom house with a garden) for 1 year. We tried to buy a house but the sale fell through so 2 weeks ago signed the renewal for another year. The landlord has also put the rent up by another £20 which is annoying but happy to pay. We rent through an agency who are useless.

    We got home from work yesterday - earlier than normal - and the landlord was round (he sometimes just turns up and cuts hedges etc - even though we do too). He told my other half he’s putting up a conservatory in July and August. We’re both teachers and are appalled at this, we chose the property due to the garden (we have a dog) and obviously summer is the peak time for us to enjoy this. We were in the garden every day last summer.

    We’ve asked the landlord to do it earlier, when we’re at work, during May/June. He’s retired and doing it himself so I don’t see why this is a problem. He’s refused.

    Its infuriating that this comes less than 2 weeks after signing a new contract. We’re planning on asking him again to do it during the term time, but if he says no do we have a right to just leave and move somewhere else without being in breach of a contract? I don’t know where we stand.

    EDIT: I’ll add that every rented property we’ve lived at we’ve had landlords who just come onto the property or into the property without notice, and when we challenge it we’ve always had “well it’s my house”. Sick to death of it by now.

    #2
    Unless the tenancy agreement excludes the garden or specifically mentions a conservatory no you don't have to let him do it.

    Merely write a calm, polite, letter stating you refuse permission for any buildings work or conservatory without your prior, written, agreement, which you are not yet giving, on or in your home & garden. Perhaps also ask him where in the signed tenancy agreement does he perhaps think he has the right to do this work as you can't find any such permission or agreement.

    (Unless you are happy for him just turning up cutting hedges...) also inform him that for ANY visit by him or his workmen or agents you require prior notice, which will only be provided by your written reply.

    But I fear he won't roll over...

    Call Shelter, the experts on housing matters, 0808 800 4444 for confirmation: Open, sadly, every day of the year. See...
    https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/helpline

    You might find this instructive, not quite your position but.....
    https://forums.landlordzone.co.uk/fo...ion-or-viewing
    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
      Originally posted by Rddnll View Post
      I’ll add that every rented property we’ve lived at we’ve had landlords who just come onto the property or into the property without notice, and when we challenge it we’ve always had “well it’s my house”. Sick to death of it by now.
      Its not their property actually. Its yours for the time your renting it. Do as Artful says and write to him saying you decline permission for the conservatory while youre living there.

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        #4
        With respect, I would not write to your landlord yourself, I would use a solicitor. Your landlord by wanting to erect a Conservatory (and perhaps doing other building work while he has access to the inside of your house) may be intending to put the place up for sale when your current tenancy ends, and during the time when the Conservatory is being erected you are paying the rent. Look for somewhere to buy.

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          #5
          Next time don't sign a 12 month contract. Once you are already a tenant, most landlords, if they require certainty, are happy to issue a shorter 6 month contract, or just allow it to rollover.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Always Problems View Post
            With respect, I would not write to your landlord yourself, I would use a solicitor. Your landlord by wanting to erect a Conservatory (and perhaps doing other building work while he has access to the inside of your house) may be intending to put the place up for sale when your current tenancy ends, and during the time when the Conservatory is being erected you are paying the rent. Look for somewhere to buy.
            We are looking to buy but are saving up for a deposit.

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              #7
              Thanks for your replies. I thought about contacting the letting agency via email to state we don't agree to the work.

              It's 10am on Sunday morning and someone has just walked through our garden, between our parked cars, into our gated back garden to dump a ladder.

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                #8
                Write TODAY email/letter to both agent and landlord instructing as advised above.

                Keep a log of such harassment (well - perhaps not but..). Landlords can and have gone to jail and/or paid fines due to harassment of tenants. I fear this is not going to be sorted in the next couple of days.

                Some (probably not me..) might report trespass to police..

                I fear you will eventually have to move: This clown of a landlord is perhaps unlikely to change: He's a disgrace to decent landlords and in any sensible country would eventually be found not to be a "fit and proper person" and not be permitted to let property.

                Perhaps (at the next daft incident..) suggest agent & landlord view this thread (open forum, anyone can view..)

                Sorry: Hope rest of weekend is OK.
                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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                  #9
                  I am sorry you are having these issues with this '' landlord'', i agree with the comment ref a solicitor writing the letter, adds more weight and takes it to another level from the landlords perception. Good luck, and we are all not like him.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Rddnll View Post
                    Thanks for your replies. I thought about contacting the letting agency via email to state we don't agree to the work.

                    It's 10am on Sunday morning and someone has just walked through our garden, between our parked cars, into our gated back garden to dump a ladder.
                    Personally I would put a lock on the gate and try and be there on the next working day and tell the ladder depositor that he is trespassing and you will call the Police.

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                      #11
                      The police will tell you it is a civil matter.

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                        #12
                        Chain the ladder to something so that it cannot be used to break into your home.

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                          #13
                          Hi thanks for your responses. We spoke to Shelter for advice but all they said that we can’t get out of the contract early or anything like that.

                          I was off work for a week last week and he was round 5 out of the 7 days. He’s dumped some fencing in the garden and blocked my car into the drive. He’s also let his dog poo in our garden, and thrown a cigarette butt down next to my car.

                          So would you recommend writing a letter via a solicitor? We pay £715 a month for this, it’s in a village so we chose to move here for the peace and quiet, which were not getting at the moment.

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                            #14
                            That sounds like harassment, which is a criminal offence.

                            If he is on the public road when blocking your car in, consider reporting it to the council's parking enforcement people.

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                              #15
                              Try police. Else Solicitor letter if u can afford it pointing out it is harassment, you have exclusive possession including the garden and as such it is a trespass if you haven't agreed to the access and it is a breach of quiet enjoyment. If he doesn't stop, second letter saying you will take legal steps if it doesn't stop. Hopefully he will stop after the first letter.

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