Landlord Access Rights: What should tenants consider?

When it comes to leasing, any landlord legally has access to their property for scheduled appointments such as inspections, to arrange viewings, or to carry out repair work.

But sometimes arranging these appointments around your tenants can be difficult, therefore it’s important to know what contractual rights both parties have.

Before turning up at a property, your landlord must give you sufficient warning. This allows you to ensure everything’s shipshape ahead of the visit and also enables you to make arrangements to be present at the property if you choose to be. Many tenants prefer this as they may not wish to leave their valuables unattended while there are people within their homes. If your landlord turns up without notice they could be breaching the terms of your tenancy agreement. Be sure to check your contract to see if it stipulates a minimum notice period ahead of scheduled appointments. This is usually a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.

Getting insurance

If your landlord, or an allocated contractor, has to carry out repair work within your flat, there’s always a risk of accidental damage to your possessions. Having the right insurance in place will protect you in the event of any unforeseen circumstances if anything goes wrong.

There are two types of tenants’ insurance:

  • tenants liability insurance – covering damages against your landlord’s items
  • tenants contents insurance – covering damages against your own belongings

This means if there are any costs involved to fix broken items, or even replace them entirely – you won’t have to foot the bill as your insurance will cover you.

Being flexible

Flexibility is something that can benefit both landlords and tenants when it comes to arranging appointments at the property in question. Landlords must remain mindful that this is their tenant’s home. Ideally, they should arrange to come by at an appropriate time that suits the tenant, causing as little disruption to their day as possible. On the flip side, tenants should remember that the sooner their landlord’s visit is over, the sooner they can enjoy a peaceful home once more.

Consider temporarily relocating

If, after inspection, it appears that sufficient repair work is required within the property, tenants may wish to temporarily relocate until this work is completed. Particularly if it involves something essential such as a lack of hot water, electricity, or heating. This is also a good idea for anyone who works remotely – avoid the disruptions at home by making alternative working arrangements, such as heading into the office or working from a friend’s house in the meantime.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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