Landlord - letting self in to undertake gas safety check

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    Landlord - letting self in to undertake gas safety check

    We have some tenants in a rental property, who are paying their rent by doing their best to avoid letting us check the property over. They keep coming up with excuses.

    It's come time where we need to arrange a gas safety check, and as usual we're struggling to get a response from the tenant.

    I just want to check, is it ok to let yourself and a service engineer into the property to perform the gas safety check as long as I sent the tenant a letter firstly giving them X amount of days to get in touch, and finally providing them with the date and time (with plenty of notice) that we will attend and enter the property should there be no answer?


    #2
    Yes.
    You need to give 24 hours notice in writing (unless your tenancy agreement says something different).

    You don't actually need to tell them that you will attend and enter the property if there's no answer, but it is more polite to do so.
    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
      Perfect thanks.

      I'm going to sent a letter giving them until next week to get in touch, and in it I just want to explain that if we don't hear from them, then we will arrange the service and attend ourselves to give the service engineer access to perform the service. Obviously, we'll send them another letter confirming the date of the service.

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        #4
        No. Simply write with info about when GSC will happen. If they don't refuse then turn up, with engineer & witness, see what happens. If asked to leave do so, calm & polite.
        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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          #5
          Finally had a response from the tenant, apparently they're too busy in October so have no dates free. Neither of them work but they've got loads of birthdays during October.

          I've replied asking for a range of dates that are suitable to them. I'll see what they say and if needs be I will arrange a visit with the engineer and see if they give us access.

          Their tenancy is up in November, I've not kept up to date with the regulations regarding COVID, but are we back to being able to ask them to leave at the end of the tenancy?

          This property (our only rental) has been nothing but trouble for years. The area has gone right downhill, most of the surrounding properties are boarded up, the value of the property has dropped at least £40k in 10 years to the point where it's only worth £20k and we're ploughing our own money into it every month to bring the mortgage down to get us out of negative equity. It has been nothing but hassle for the past 3-4 years. For the past 6 month or so we've finally got a tenant who pays their rent, but won't give us access to inspect the property or perform a safety check, so god knows what condition it's in.

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            #6
            O my days it sounds like you're in a difficult situation give them written notice and turn up with a smile. Oh and a set of keys.

            Im guessing you're seeing a financial advisor?

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              #7
              no financial advisor yet. We are simply paying off as much as we can the bring the balance down to close to its value as possible, and then take equity out of our home next summer to pay the remainder of the mortgage off. Plan is then to pay it off our mortgage and get rid as soon as we are out of negative equity.

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                #8
                TheBinarySheep,

                You can always ask them to leave at the end of the tenancy, but the current notice period for a section 21 is 6 months.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by TheBinarySheep View Post
                  Finally had a response from the tenant, apparently they're too busy in October so have no dates free.
                  Write to them stating it is a legal requirement that the gas safety checks be performed by <date>.

                  The time has come to give a date and time for the checks and state that you will attend to supervise the gas engineer.

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