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Landlord access to my rented home

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Hi All,

Do i have legal right to not to allow landlord to my rented house. I dont share good relation with him. I am stuck with a year contract and hence I cannot vacate the house.
I dont want to see my landlord I dont find him as good person, can anyone please suggest if I can disallow him to enter the property.

One more query, regarding maintenance, handle on one of the window is broken, I already have mentioned him couple of times. Do I have legal rights to get the maintenance (wear and tear related to property) done from him (or his contractor).

I am new to this website and happy that we (tenants) has a platform where we can get help from other tenants or experts. Thank you very much for that.


Hi, thanks for writing in our forum and for your kind feedback. Landlord access is one of the most searched for topics on our site, so you are not alone in your feelings.
In accordance with the Housing Act 1988, your landlord or letting agent must notify you in writing at least 24 hours beforehand if they want to enter your home. Only in emergencies can your landlord enter your home without permission. Therefore, if the landlord follows this procedure and has a legitimate reason for wanting to visit the property, then you cannot prevent him access. 
24 hours notice is madatory so that you can agree a suitable time for both parties, have time to tidy the property, and arrange for a friend or family member to be present as a witness/for support should things turn sour.
See our article on landlord and letting agent access for more info:
If the landlord has a habit of popping over unannounced, then you may like to write a letter politely requesting that all future visits are pre-arranged in writing with at least 24 hours notice in accordance with the Housing Act 1998. Keep a copy for your own records as well as proof of postage. 
With regard to repairs, all requests must be made in writing to the landlord (or their representative, i.e. the letting agent). See our article for further help: 
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All the best.
Disclaimer: The information provided is derived from personal experience and should not be relied on as a difinitive or accurate interpretation of the law.
Disclaimer: This information is derived from personal experience and should not be relied upon as a definitive or accurate interpretation of the law.

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