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    So, I had my first 6 month inspection this morning on a property I see as my long-term home. I am utterly in love with the property which I share with my young toddler and partner, but I have been left feeling awful after the inspection.

    I have always been teased for my OCD-like cleanliness and wanting things in order and precision.

    I am very house proud and try my best to keep the house in tip-top shape considering I have a young child.

    The letting agent visited my home and immediately told me my parents car that was parked outside of my drive had to be moved and couldn’t be parked there. (Isn’t blocking any drives, if any, only mine by a small margin) as we only have another 2 neighbours and isn’t on a main road. (Basically live on land/farm type property)

    She continued with her inspection and upon leaving, with disgust she pointed to my window which had a very small sticky handprint. (super easy to clean) Being a working mother I didn’t feel the need to have the house in a show-home like state. (More fool me I suppose!) she wrote some notes and told me when she next comes back to inspect she would be keeping an eye on this particular area. Also sent an email to confirm the “state” of the window.
    I was absolutely mortified and couldn’t believe how invasive and unprofessional she had been. I totally understand if it would cause damage to the property, but I thought this was totally unfair.

    Let’s not forget - we informed the EA 3 days ago a piece of slate had fallen from our roof due to the weather which is a serious H&S hazard and had anyone been outside when this happened, could have been a serious if not fatal injury. She brushed passed this and said she’d take a picture and let the LL know. We cannot exit our property from the back or side door and this is still on-going and nobody has been in contact! Surely this is more an issue than my LO handprint on a window!

    Am I being unreasonable for feeling the way I do with regards to the “window” comment.

    Is this normal for an inspection? How strict are EA usually?

    I dont wsnt to rock rock the boat but she made me feel awful and I really want to formally complain.

    Advice wanted and welcome ☹️

    a) Your comments about the slightly sticky window are correct - it is stuff all really to do with them at this stage - albeit it is not unreasonable to point out that it cannot be left in that state when you leave

    b) I feel your comments about the slate are not altogether reasonable. On the same token you could say that nobody should ever walk under a tree because occasionally (lethal sized) branches can fall off. The slate may need fixing however. If it is raining slate, yes, then, perhaps.

    c) Don't think we can really comment on the parking issue. If it is private land, and not yours within the tenancy agreement to use for parking then you cannot use it.


      Originally posted by Milli1017 View Post
      told me my parents car that was parked outside of my drive had to be moved and couldn’t be parked there.
      If it isn't your car, then I don't see how you have any control over it.
      Did she say why it cannot be parked there?

      just because one slate has come down, it doesn't mean there are other bits waiting to get you, but you might want to write to the agent expressing your fears that other slates may be in a similar condition.

      If you like the place and want to stay then, then I would suggest letting it go at this stage (but keep a record for the future).
      See what happens at the next inspection; you might get someone different who is more-human. If not, then then is the time to have a meeting with the manager to discuss your concerns.


        Clean then window, move the car then report the falling falling slate again.
        Is this a 1 or 2 stoey property?


          You met an officious and ruse sounding letting agent employee.
          Hopefully, the staff turnover in most letting agencies will fix the problem.
          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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