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    #16
    Ah yes thats right mjpl I remember now....sorry for misquoting you.
    Any posts by myself are my opinion ONLY. They should never be taken as correct or factual without confirmation from a legal professional. All information is given without prejudice or liability.

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      #17
      Mr Shed - you are right that he might be one of those weird people who are outraged by invasion of privacy - the fact is i dont want one of those living in my house either! My main gripe, if you like, is that i always bend over backwards to accommodate tenants, this guy turns up with two cats, so i say OK fine move in with the cats, i then even offer to put in a catflap for him, because i am nice and thought it would be a nice gesture. Anytime anything goes wrong in the house i always agree to get it fixed asap regardless of cost, in fact this bozo called out the emergency boiler man when there was in fact no problem with the boiler, he just hadn't turned it on, and guess who gets stuck with that bill, old muggings here that's who. And so what in return do i get from the tenant, Jack S**t that's what, all i want to do is have someone look at the place on my behalf and he is being deliberately awkward and setting conditions that are unreasonable.
      I'll show him whose house it is, and it aint his! He's outta there!

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        #18
        LOL

        Obviously not cut out for it then. I went throught that sort of frustration some while ago, I believe its all to do with KNOWING what your obligations are on not to be taken for a ride. For example, the boiler man bill would definately have been paid by the tenant in my flats! You are also at a disadvantage by not being local and therefore not in control. I would be interested to know if hliday letting is any easier.

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          #19
          Does this tenants behaviour sound suspicious to you?

          hello

          I may have missed some relevant point that precludes my suggestion; either you or the agent write to the tenant advising of the inspection, allow 24 hours notice and proceed.

          This is a basic landlord/agent right in an AST.

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            #20
            Originally posted by myjamfactory
            hello

            I may have missed some relevant point that precludes my suggestion; either you or the agent write to the tenant advising of the inspection, allow 24 hours notice and proceed.

            This is a basic landlord/agent right in an AST.
            Did you actually read the previous posts and also what law says ?
            YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PROPERTY WITHOUT THE TENANT'S CONSENT !
            That's whether you write a letter before or not, you can even send the Pope if you want, you can't enter the property if the tenant doesn't want you to.

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              #21
              The landlord and tenant act allows a landlord a right of access in order to check for damage and repair, in order to fulfill the landlords repair obligations. The landlord must give at least 24 hours notice in writing though. The tenant can refuse but the landlord can go to court to enforce this right. This is balanced against the tenants right of quiet enjoyment, which exists as a statutory right in all tenancies whether written or not.

              This has been discussed several times before on the forum, relating to the frequency of inspections and what is considered reasonable in order to balance the rights of landlord and tenant.

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                #22
                I would be interested to know what frequency levels are considered reasonable because this is the first time in six months i have asked for a visit.
                Anyway, tenant now has agreed to next weeks inspection visit, but wants this to be the last visit by anyone apart from the hopeless letting agency....so in essence if i agree to his terms, if he rents for 10 years i will not be able to go in to my own property for ten years - yeah right mister i'm really going to go for that one arent i?
                My property is a 400 year old cottage, and it needs the constant attention these types of property need unfortunately. My previous tenants have all been fine with the on going improvements, checks and repairs that are part and parcel of living in that age of house. But now i must just give up the right to even ask for an inspection visit because he feels his privacy is being invaded with a visit every six months.
                He needs to buy his own house!
                I'll let you know how the holiday letting idea goes, once this fool has gone.

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                  #23
                  Rent up front: many people do this in order to prove their ability to pay if their references are a 'bit crap' (for want of better words). i.e my friend who is a wealthy guy, just works freelance when he wants to. The estate agents want to see regular income or they are not interested.

                  Inspection:I know it's hard but see it from the tenants point of view for a second.
                  He is a single guy living there right? OK. He probably has porn in the cupboards, private letters/documents all over the place, precious things that could get damaged etc etc.....(in the nicest possible way)it's just a pain in the arse having to have strangers come inside and isnspect the home you are paying good money for. (even if you are just renting)
                  Also, he probably has a pet he had not told you about.

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                    #24
                    I know about the two cats, unless they've multiplied!
                    I am trying to see it from his point of view and i dont want to keep popping in every five minutes, just once a year -thats it, in fact i live in the Caribbean so can't even do a casual 'drive-by' or pop-in-and-see-the-neighbours tactics of keeping an eye on the place like friends of mine do. So yes, i do have to respect his privacy as a tenant, but equally he needs to see it from my point of view....i.e. what kind of moron would rent their house out and agree NEVER to inspect it?
                    It is a two-way street and he is driving one-way only!
                    So it's time to pack his porn, his whips, blow up dolls, and his pet elephant and get the hell out of Dodge!

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Day
                      So it's time to pack his porn, his whips, blow up dolls, and his pet elephant and get the hell out of Dodge!
                      Is he a friend of Lawstudent then?

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                        #26
                        looooooooooooool

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                          #27
                          I assume that your contract doe not have a clause stating that you may inspect the property by giving a minimum 48 hrs notice. I always have these on my contracts & never have a problem carrying out inspections. Also I guess you may have a clause granting you access in event of an emergency, although you may need to be a bit 'creative' with that one.

                          One thing I have learned the hard way is that the tenants rights are of infinite importance when compared with the landlords.

                          You could always just serve him his notice!!

                          Good luck
                          Last edited by Caburn5; 08-05-2006, 14:34 PM. Reason: amendment

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