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    I am a letting agent and have had a visit from a council housing officer. She has informed me that the council wishes to inspect every private rented house in the town and these inspections will start in the new year.

    Does the council have the right to undertake such inspections.

    #2
    What purpose is it for? I suspect they probably cannot. But a lot of council employees are trying to justify their existance at the moment. It would prove expensive in terms of time and general hassle, I suspect the council would not be intending to reimburse!
    [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]

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      #3
      The council officer has given no reason other than they want to inspect every property. I agree I think they are trying to justify their existance but I can imagine the problems that will arrise if they inspect every property. Most of my properties are not let to housing benefit tenants and I dont have any HMO's

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        #4
        Ask under what piece of legislation these inspections fall. Are you sure this person is from the council? I would not want to show anyone around my lets without considered reason.



        Freedom at the point of zero............

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          #5
          In my town some health and safety bloke is going around every shop asking to see Asbestos Reports regardless of the age of the building. I agree with the above, I would definately want to know what purpose the inspections were for, in any event they have no right to inspect a building which is tenanted unless they have recieved a specific complaint about said building or think it to be at risk.
          [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]

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            #6
            If they are from Private Sector Housing then no, they dont have any rights or powers to enter the property as I found out when I reported the property next door.
            I dont think its necessarily a bad thing after seeing some of the pits I have in Manchester, it helps the tenants who are sometimes too scared to report problems with the LL, oh and it saves me having to report them as well!

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