Can landlords sister enter before agent has carried out the final inventory check?

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    Can landlords sister enter before agent has carried out the final inventory check?

    Hi,

    We rented a property on a fixed 12 month term due to expire in Feb 2011. The landlord asked if we would be able to move out sooner as they wanted to come back home early form travelling which we agreed to.

    We have now moved out on 4th December and the letting agents informed us they would carry out the exit inventory on monday 6th.

    We called them on monday to find out when we would receive our deposit back as we let the house clean and provided a receipt to show the carpets had been shampooed as requested as we have dogs. The agents said they hadn't had the time to go out but would try and do it on 7th (today) BUT that the landlord's sister had been in and stated that the house was not up to the standard expected and it still smelt of animals.

    My question is: can the landlord's sister enter before the check? What if she has caused some damage and/or walked dirt into carpet?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks

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    Originally posted by turnersham View Post
    My question is: can the landlord's sister enter before the check? What if she has caused some damage and/or walked dirt into carpet?
    Once a tenancy has ended and LL has possession, he can allow anyone he likes to enter the property.

    If you think that damage/dirt was caused after the end of the tenancy, before the check-out inspection, then you can dispute whatever is alleged on that basis. For example, if the check-out report said there were muddy footprints in the hall, then it would be difficult for LL to prove that this was caused by T and not his sister - however, if it were something like a broken mirror on bathroom cabinet, the likelihood will be that the T caused the damage as this isn't something that would plausibly occur in the course of an inspection.

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