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    Have read sticky thread on Access but still need help

    Hi all, I know there is a sticky thread but Id like some advice please.

    Due to Covid and not living nearby I haven't had the chance to visit my rental to do an inspection. My tenant is hard to get hold off, and I have sent two texts informing him I will be visiting, I have tried calling too but as yet not heard back.

    My question is, if I cannot get hold of him, what are my options? If I advise him the date that I will be at property and he still doesn't respond, can I access the property if he isn't there or is that a no no?

    Thanks in advance.

    #2
    You have a statutory right of access to inspect the condition of the property, plus whatever rights you have in your tenancy agreement.

    If you have given 24 hours notice you can enter the property unless the tenant actually tells you you can't or refuses to let you in when you ring the doorbell.
    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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      #3
      OK, so by giving notice can this be by letter or is email ok? And what are my steps if he refuses to let me in, is it a matter of serving notice to end the tenancy?

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        #4
        What is the method of communication on the tenancy agreement, you should follow that method, usually it is written notice. If they refuse, you can't enter, you will need to start the eviction process. or go via the courts for an order for entry.

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          #5
          Letter is best, but email is OK (unless the tenancy agreement has restrictions on how notice can be served).

          Why would you want to evict someone for not allowing an inspection?
          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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            #6
            If you don't get any answer to your notice of inspection, then go to inspect, knock loudly, wait a minute, knock again - if no response let yourself in - if possible with witness, loud "hello " several times. If asked to leave do so, calm and politely.

            Why the inspection? There's usually no requirement for one.
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              Letter is best, but email is OK (unless the tenancy agreement has restrictions on how notice can be served).

              Why would you want to evict someone for not allowing an inspection?
              I don't I just want to know next steps. If a tenant refuses access there must be something going on so it may be the next option. I don't think it will get to this stage, I just needed to know my rights as I have never had this situation before

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                #8
                thanks all for advice, I will double check the agreement to see how I need to give notice for access. Hopefully I will get a response then.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DrPepper007 View Post
                  If a tenant refuses access there must be something going on so it may be the next option.
                  They may not want anyone in the house while a plague is prevalent.
                  They may not want to tidy up or feel judged by their landlord.
                  Or yes, they may be doing something they don't want you to know about.
                  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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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                    They may not want anyone in the house while a plague is prevalent.
                    They may not want to tidy up or feel judged by their landlord.
                    Or yes, they may be doing something they don't want you to know about.
                    +1.

                    Or they may have suffered from an overbearing self-important idiot landlord inspecting in the past.
                    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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