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    Hi,

    How many inspections take place under a six month AST - on average? one or two?

    My AST Agreement says:

    “That the Landlord or any person authorsied by the Landlord orhis Agent may at reasonable times of the day on giving 24 hours’ written notice, (unless in the case of an emergency) enter the Property for the purpose of inspecting its condition and state of repair. The tenant shall permit the Property to be viewed on reasonable notice (of at least 24 hours) at all reasonable times during the final weeks of the tenancy…”

    Can you refuse them entry if they ask for constant inspections?

    They have sent me a letter with the following paragraph:

    “If you are unable to attend this appointment, not to cause you any inconvenience we shall enter with our file key.” Is that allowed?

    Any pointers appreciated.

    #2
    For a new tenant, quarterly inspections ( every 3 months) might be considered normal. Don't take it personally.

    If you look at the agreement you signed, you can see that you have promised to allow them access with a min of 24 hours written notice, for inspections and repairs, and possibly viewings before your tenancy ends. However if they are doing inspections or visits without justification, that is another matter as they are interfering with your "quiet enjoyment" of the place.

    You do not have to agree to let them in if you are not there. They cannot force you. You do not have to cooperate full stop, but it will go against you if you are not reasonable about it. If you would prefer to be present whenever they inspect, that's fine. You will be breaching your contract if you are not reasonable with access. No future landlord wants an uncoopertaive tenant. And any good future agency will make sure that you can account for your previous accomodations with a reference.

    They just want to keep there property well maintained and make sure everything is ok. If you prove yourself a good tenant, then they will probably feel less need to inspect quite so often. It is possible some landlords/agencies may overstep the mark, but inspections are part of renting.
    There is a lot of stuff in this forum about inspections; suggest you do a search.
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      #3
      Originally posted by homesweethome View Post
      My AST Agreement says:
      “That the Landlord or any person authorsied by the Landlord orhis Agent may at reasonable times of the day on giving 24 hours’ written notice, (unless in the case of an emergency) enter the Property for the purpose of inspecting its condition and state of repair. The tenant shall permit the Property to be viewed on reasonable notice (of at least 24 hours) at all reasonable times during the final weeks of the tenancy…”
      That's very much bog-standard wording for an AST agreement.

      Originally posted by homesweethome View Post
      Can you refuse them entry if they ask for constant inspections?
      Legally speaking, you can refuse them entry for any inspections at all, if you really want to be stroppy.

      Originally posted by homesweethome View Post
      They have sent me a letter with the following paragraph:
      “If you are unable to attend this appointment, not to cause you any inconvenience we shall enter with our file key.” Is that allowed?
      No.
      If you don't want this to happen I should write back to them and let them know that under no circumstances are they to enter the property without your specific consent and [if you really want to get in their good books!] and that if they do, you will take legal advice etc etc....

      You have the right to 'quiet enjoyment' of your home and LLs/agents entering without permission have been prosecuted and heavily fined.

      The downside of all this of course is that if you show yourself to be totally unreasonable about granting access etc, you will undoubtedly find yourself turfed out after 6 months, which the LL can do without needing to give any reason. As an LL myself , I would certainly take a very dim view of a tenant totally denying me access to check that my £120K asset is being looked after!

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        #4
        many thanks..

        ..for the pointers...

        We have only been in the tenancy 6 weeks & i have rented before and it just seemed a bit early on in the tenancy, i have no problem with them inspecting (i am keeping the place in good order) but didn't like the sound of them being able to let themselves in regardless..

        We are buying a house so will end the tenancy at the end of the six months so perhaps I will send a letter saying I am happy for them to inspect with notice but that I don't give my consent for them to let themselves in.

        I don't think it will get me far though - they are really poor agents, i have rented before to far more professional ones!!

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          #5
          If your buying, don't worry too much about upsetting them then!

          Just mention the word 'harrassment' if they look like ignoring your instructions.

          All the best.
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            #6
            Originally posted by homesweethome View Post
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            They have sent me a letter with the following paragraph:

            “If you are unable to attend this appointment, not to cause you any inconvenience we shall enter with our file key.” Is that allowed?
            I go along with Eric that you should underline that, unless you give your express consent, the file key should not be used for routine visits or maintenance purposes.

            Maybe state you would like to be present at the visit and suggest a few times and dates when you would be available to let them in.

            If the landlord or agent fails to meet your reasonable responses you are within the law to change the locks on the property to secure your privacy. You will have to restore the original locks at the end of the tenancy unless the landlord agrees to accept your replacements.
            Vic - wicked landlord
            Any advice or suggestions given in my posts are intended for guidance only and not a substitute for completing full searches on this forum, having regard to the advice of others, or seeking appropriate professional opinion.
            Without Plain English Codes of Practice and easy to complete Prescribed Forms the current law is too complex and is thus neither fair to good tenants nor good landlords.

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