What are my rights?

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    What are my rights?


    I'm a postgrad student who moved into a student house in September. For the most part, I have been the only one living in this four-bedroom house.

    Recently, I found out through a knock on my bedroom door that the landlords are conducting viewings for next year, and want access to my bedroom.

    Last week they allowed two girls into my room to view the room and the en suite, both without face coverings.

    I've skimmed through the contract, and it says they have the right to access the property given a 24-hr notice period, but says nothing about entering my room.

    Other than that, I have the right to "Quiet enjoyment" of the property, but in actuality feel like my privacy is being infringed upon.

    It's a ball ache as most of my lectures are online, and it's hard to concentrate with strangers in my room. I've got a feeling I'm really screwed until I can get
    out of here, but has anyone on here got any advice or know anything about my rights?

    Many thanks

    Assuming (confirm or not please) this is not halls of residence & your tenancy is a "room only" one not a joint tenancy for the whole house.

    I'd say they can show common areas (kitchen, stairs, sitting room) and other bedrooms apart fro your but not yours. I'd write (yes, write/email), to landlord, copy agent, a calm & polite letter stating it is your private room, you are entitled to "quiet enjoyment", and refuse any future access. See what happens, but expect relationships to get terrible.

    Also an option (so no screws in walls) get a "shed alarm" for your room.. about £30....
    - and tell any neighbours that if they hear it going off to call the Police.
    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...


      As well as the implicit right to quiet enjoyment, a tenancy implicitly has a right to exclude others including the landlord (as you have exclusive occupation of some parts of the property).

      Unless you have agreed to viewings at some point, you can refuse access to your room (and anywhere else you have exclusive access to).

      Letting agents have specific government advice about how to carry out viewings in the pandemic, which you would expect them to follow.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


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