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    we have a clause in our contract which states:

    (Within the last two months of the tenancy) to permit the landlord or any person authorised by the landlord...at reasonable hours in the daytime to enter and view the property with the prospective tenants or purchasers, having first given the tenant a reasonable period of notice'

    We have asked for 24hrs notice and said that people can look around the property from 9am-2pm each day as this is when my wife is there. Is this reasonable?

    We do not want people looking around when we arent there. My LL said that all viewings have to be when the prospective tenants want them and that 'I therefore excersize the right to allow prospective tenants around my property, in accordance with the contract.'

    Are we being reasonable by saying that people can come to look every day from 9-2 and is 24hrs reasonable notice?

  • #2
    Originally posted by chowce1982 View Post
    we have a clause in our contract which states:

    (Within the last two months of the tenancy) to permit the landlord or any person authorised by the landlord...at reasonable hours in the daytime to enter and view the property with the prospective tenants or purchasers, having first given the tenant a reasonable period of notice'

    We have asked for 24hrs notice and said that people can look around the property from 9am-2pm each day as this is when my wife is there. Is this reasonable?

    We do not want people looking around when we arent there. My LL said that all viewings have to be when the prospective tenants want them and that 'I therefore excersize the right to allow prospective tenants around my property, in accordance with the contract.'

    Are we being reasonable by saying that people can come to look every day from 9-2 and is 24hrs reasonable notice?

    You are being reasonable.

    Tell your LL that all viewings are only to be done within the time specified by you. Otherwise you will refuse to allow any viewings and legally there is nothing the LL can do about it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SALL View Post
      legally there is nothing the LL can do about it.
      Rather: legally there is not a lot the landlord can do about it without going to court.

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      • #4
        24 houirs notice is reasonable but 9-2? come on, that is a little restricted don't you think?

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        • #5
          No not at all. They do not have to allow ANY viewings if they do not wish. If prospective buyers are working they can come at the weekend. The LL is lucky they are allowing viewings at all (and I speak as a LL!)
          Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
            Rather: legally there is not a lot the landlord can do about it without going to court.
            If LL does go to court over this issue, would there be a possibility of enforcing such a term?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by My3kids View Post
              24 houirs notice is reasonable but 9-2? come on, that is a little restricted don't you think?
              Yeah I suppose the hours are a bit restrictive, lot of people work 9-5 and it would be impossible for them to view it in these times.

              Maybe OP can also allow 2 hours in the evenings too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SALL View Post
                lot of people work 9-5 and it would be impossible for them to view it in these times.
                No more impossible than a dentist or doctors appointment, how about lunchtimes?

                I guess the OP also works those hours and would not be too keen to have their evenings disrupted by prospective tenants for possibly the next couple of months.
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                • #9
                  Hello....OP does not exclude Sat and Sun - it is ENTIRELY reasonable and he does not have to allow viewings at all. I would not be so generous. I would give Fridays 10-2 and Sundays 10-2 or something similar (if I were feeling generous, that is)
                  Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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                  • #10
                    I agree, though it is a matter of opinion. The offer is for five hours viewing during daylight hours per day from a paying tenant to allow possible tenants to view.
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                    • #11
                      We were happy to allow people to look round during the evening it just really got under my nose when the LL said:

                      'Viewings must be held at the prospective tenants convenience, not yours. I therefore excersize my right to allow prospective tenants around my property'

                      I said that 9-2 every day would give people time to look around as they could come at the weekend too. Our contract also stated that people should be allowed to look around 'at reasonable hours in the daytime'. These hours struck me as being reasonable. He is now saying that he will us give us 24 notice and that people will come round whether it is convenient to us or not or whether we agree to it or not. He has given keys to the EAs and said that they will let themselves in. After all, it is 'my property, not yours, you're just renting it'. I have a good mind to take him to court for trespass if he or the EAs enter without permission. I'm normally pretty relaxed about this sort of thing and try help but it does bug me when I'm paying to live somewhere and I have no choice as to when people walk in and out of my home, especially when we live in a dodgy area.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mars Mug View Post
                        No more impossible than a dentist or doctors appointment, how about lunchtimes?
                        Tell me about that, only NHS services can get away with those times.

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                        • #13
                          You could just change the locks, and then change them back when you leave. The cost to the landlord for breaking in could be pretty high.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SALL View Post
                            If LL does go to court over this issue, would there be a possibility of enforcing such a term?
                            I think there has to be. I discussed this at some length in another thread, but cannot seem to find it. Leaving aside the reasons a landlord may want to enter, statute does give landlords the right to enter for certain purposes. It would be a nonsense for statute to give rights that cannot be enforced in any circumstances.

                            In practice no sensible landlord is going to apply for a court order to allow prosepctive tenants to inspect, because by the time he got the order the tenant will probably have gone.

                            The problem is the peremptory attitude taken by landlords and agents and the failure to realise that they are dealing with someone's home. A polite request as to when it would be convenient to call is far more likely to produce a result than telling the tenant when you are coming and if he does not like it he has to put up with it.

                            As for tenants, it cannot be the case that it will never be convenient. Let's face it, if the central heating breaks down in the middle of January a tenant will soon come to an arrangement.

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                            • #15
                              I am afraid I would lose patience and write to the LL immediately withdrawing my cooperation due to his attitude and refusing to allow visits. It is not "his house". Whilst you are in it is is "yours". I also think I would be tempted to change the locks.
                              Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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