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    Hi All

    I've been a tenant for around 18 month now, subject to 4 monthly inspections by an agent on behalf of the property owner. Tonight, the inspector for the agent told me he needed to take photographs. He didn't explain why, or what for. At the time, I just said OK, since I have nothing to hide and the state of the property has been pretty much the same since I took over the tenancy.

    I cannot work out why they have taken photographs when all previous inspections (4 of them) have been conducted with note taking, a visual inspection and a chat.

    Would I have been within my rights to refuse permission for photographs? Am I within my rights to query their usage/purpose? I consider them to be an invasion of my privacy, as there is a difference between a sole representative carrying out a visual inspection and the agent holding a photographic record.
    The property is unfurnished, and all the photos contain my personal belongings, items of value and layout of every room.

    Many thanks.

    #2
    That's a bit odd. Photographs should be done at the beginning of a tenancy as proof of the condition of the property at the start. The pictures can be used to help clear any disputes when the tenancy ends.

    Perhaps the landlord asked for pictures as 'proof' that everything is in order. You did agree to the LA taking the pictures so you had the opportunity to say no or at least ask questions.

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      #3
      Is he going to put it on the market?
      Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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        #4
        my thoughts exactly !

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          #5
          Ah, I hadn't thought of that!

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            #6
            Originally posted by jedimasterlincoln View Post

            Would I have been within my rights to refuse permission for photographs?
            As long as you hadn't come to an agreement prior, yes.

            Originally posted by jedimasterlincoln View Post
            Am I within my rights to query their usage/purpose?
            Yes.

            Originally posted by jedimasterlincoln View Post
            I consider them to be an invasion of my privacy, as there is a difference between a sole representative carrying out a visual inspection and the agent holding a photographic record.
            If you consider them an in invasion of your privacy, you should have queried it at the time.
            Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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              #7
              The agent may merely have changed their procedures & now routinely asks to take photos: That the place is unfurnished does not change the agent & landlord's interest in checking that there has been (say..) no damage/redecoration to walls, floors & ceilings.

              But yes, likely flogging the place (which does not end your tenancy nor require you to leave: The new owner simply becomes the landlord, same terms). Unless there is something in your tenancy to say you should, you do not have to permit advertising boards on your property, or viewings, or valuations: Even if there is some clause it may be perhaps challenged and/or landlord would require court order to enforce..

              Cheers!
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Originally posted by Claymore View Post
                You did agree to the LA taking the pictures so you had the opportunity to say no or at least ask questions.
                Yup I know, I wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders yesterday, it was only when I sat and thought and wondered.....

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                  #9
                  You appear to have only agreed to him taking photos, not to him using them for various aims... Think I'd write or email a calm, polite, letter asking for copies of all photos, copy of inspection report & what he was hoping to use the photos for ...

                  Then based on his reply decide what to do next.

                  Cheers!
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                    #10
                    I do like the fact you've joined a forum to ask if you could have asked a question to someone who was infront of you.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Wannadonnadoodah View Post
                      I do like the fact you've joined a forum to ask if you could have asked a question to someone who was infront of you.
                      As I've already said - I wasn't firing on all cylinders yesterday and I'm aware I should have asked at the time.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                        You appear to have only agreed to him taking photos, not to him using them for various aims... Think I'd write or email a calm, polite, letter asking for copies of all photos, copy of inspection report & what he was hoping to use the photos for ...

                        Then based on his reply decide what to do next.

                        Cheers!
                        Thanks, I was leaning towards doing that anyway

                        Normally I get a letter over a week later telling my the findings of the inspection, so I'll probably wait and see what content is in it before querying what happened to the photos and what their purpose was. It might just be a new way of doing things or it could be moving towards sale, thanks for your help!

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