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Can I refuse letting agent to take photographs?

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In the past two weeks I have been notified by the letting agent that the owner wants posession of their property at the end of my tenancy (late October). Since then the property has been put on the market. I had a six-month inspection just over two weeks ago. A few days after, the agent emailed asking me to ‘tidy up’ some stained grouting, and the garden. I’ve did this but the agent has come back to me today requesting a visit for another inspection of that ‘tidying up’ (so the second inspection in just over 2 weeks) – the email said to ‘take a look’. When I replied with a date and a time, I was told that someone would come to ‘photograph the areas’. I have nothing to hide but I do feel this is suddenly escalating in an excessive and unreasonable manner. Do people agree? Am I in my rights to agree to an inspection, but also to refuse permission for them to do the photographing? Thank you.

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The photographic is probably to record the condition of the property post the six month inspection and after the recommended improvements. 

I think there is no reason to be afraid of this, as it can work to your benefit in potential disputes. 

However, I would demand to receive a copy of these photographs and to know who gets access to them. Probably just the landlord and the letting agent, but you should still know. 

If you’re worried about your privacy, just move your things out of the way and make sure to accompany the person taking the photos each step of the way. 

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