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Can a landlord try and come in to your home if you have denied access?

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I have been in my rented property fro 18 months and for the whole time i have had to put up with a badly leaking roof.I have emailed texted and written to my landlord but he has nt fixed it.I have also carried out other serious repairs he has refused to fix totalling to quite an amount.He has not been remotely interested in doing inspections but because i have recently taken legal advice he out of the blue said he was coming round to do an inspection and i have refused even thouggh its on my lease because its also on the lease the house has to be wind and water tight and the repairs i did were his responsibity but i had no choice to do them,the only reason i havent dont the roof is because i cant afford it and he hasnt returned any money ive spent so far anyway.I told him he could have access once the repairs were done and he has just replied saying he is coming anyway and if he cant get in will start legal proceedings.Can he still come anyway even thoough ive said no and how long will it take him to get access through the court? I am up to date with my rent and have decorated and kept the house immaculate although i have refused to do the garden,tthat part is really out of protest because im so fustrated.Thanks in advance fr any replies

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Hi Pyper

Your landlord must have your consent to enter the property or he is committing tresspass – which would allow you to take legal action against him. However, you are obliged to give the landlord access to carry out repairs and inspections at some point. So, you can refuse his demand but you do need to suggest an alternative time for him to be there that works for you otherwise you will be in breach of your tenancy agreement. You can’t use access as a negotiating tactic unfortuantely, no matter how much of a poor landlord he has been. However, you can use this if there are any issues with your dispute etc so keep all the emails and any proof you have of the poor state of repair of the house.

Alex

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I told him he can get access once the roof is repaired cos ive tried everything else and nothing works.The roof was damaged when i viewed the house but he said he would have it fixed before i moved in and of course i got the keys and it wasnt fixed.It has leaked so much the flooring( that i paid for) has been ruined  He knows what he needs to do but he isnt coming to do repairs cos its a roofer thats needed for that he is just coming round just to intimidate me and im just not having it.Im moving out soon because i cannot stand it anymore and my solicitor says im quite within my rights to do so because the house is not fit for rental purposes so if he hasnt sent round a roofer before then he will have to wait until i move out.How long does it take for a landlord to get access through the courts? 

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Hi Pyper

If you’re dealing with a solicitor I would take all your questions to them so that they can give you an answer based on all the information they have about your case.

Alex

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