Can I deny entry to my landlord's contractors in exam weeks? (At-home exams)

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    Can I deny entry to my landlord's contractors in exam weeks? (At-home exams)

    My landlord is in the process of selling the student house share I live in.

    We were notified that some contractors needed to visit for "fire safety works and checking signage", and notified the agent that we had exams this week.

    The agent responded to say they would give us specific dates the contractors needed to visit, but did not.

    Today the contractors turned up and started doing extremely disruptive works. One of us has an exam today and we're all revising - due to COVID our exams are done at home on our laptops. Normally exam conditions are absolutely silent so this is very disruptive.

    They started taking doors off, using powerdrills, not wearing masks, using our bathrooms, playing videos and talking loudly on their phones, and not social distancing.

    I want to call the agency to prohibit the entry of any contractors for 2 weeks, after which they can book one 6-hour session to do the works. Our tenancy ends within months so frankly, I think even letting them in is doing them a favour. Is this reasonable?

    #2
    It depends on what it is you rent.

    If you rent a room with access to shared common areas, the landlord and his contractors can almost certainly enter the common areas without your permission.

    If you all rent all of the property, then you can exclude anyone you like whenever you like.
    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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      #3
      We rent the entire property together.

      The 2 contractors went to the toilet 8 times during their visit (must have had a dodgy curry or something), left urine all over the seat, and covered several walls and doors with blood without cleaning up (????). Now I have to chase the agent to make sure that they don't nick our deposit for these damages the contractors did.

      What age do landlords start treating tenants with respect? Or am I ignorant to expect that?

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        #4
        Simply inform landlord/agent - in writing/email - no, keep copy. Any silly business, record it, call Police: Harassment and/or illegal eviction are criminal offences landlords and agents can & have gone to jail for.

        Me, I'd change the locks (change back when you eventually leave).

        Cheeky bleedin' landlord
        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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          #5
          Originally posted by oscarvl View Post
          We rent the entire property together.
          So just one tenancy contract which you all signed (on the same page), and you can decide who stays in which room? Rent is payable in one amount which you collect between yourselves jointly before passing on to landlord?

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            #6
            Ring the Agent and tell them no-one will be re-admitted until exams are over. You can put the catch down on the front door so that they can't let themselves in.

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