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Landlord visits/letting agent inspections

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Tenant

My landlord is good so I’m lucky in that aspect. However, he visits every 8-12 weeks. He lets me know in advance that he’s coming and as he is so pleasant I find it difficult to refuse. He therefore visits at least 7 times per year and the letting agent inspects twice per year. There are no issues with rent or maintenance in the property and I feel so many visits by my landlord are unnecessary. Am I within my rights to ask him to visit less often? I know he will be unhappy with the request but I have a busy life and find it somewhat intrusive. 

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Landlord

Not sure, I think it seems a little excessive, but I inspect reguarly, if I can’t my managing agent will.  I’ve been caught out before so I make sure that my properties are inspected reguarly now.  I go once a quarter and they go every couple of months

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Tenant

Thanks for the reply Phil, this is the landlords only rental property and I’m in my third year of occupancy with no issues. I can’t find anything in my contract that says I can decline his meeting requests – he’s not even inspecting the property when he visits. It’s just a visit. I’m guessing I have to keep going along with it to maintain a friendly relationship. 

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Tenant

I was going to ask a similar question. I rent through a letting agent but in the 18 months I have been renting this house he has asked to “pop round” a few times.  We have had 2 house inspections since moving in, no problems. The last one was in June. I got an email from the letting agent today saying the landlord would like to  come round to “check a few things in the property.”  She didn’t say what he wanted to check so I emailed back and asked what he’s checking. I am really busy at the moment and have a family funeral to attend in the next few days but don’t know what day yet, so am a bit stressed anyway and I don’t like the idea that someone is wanting to check up on me. I feel like we can never treat this as our home, constantly being reminded that it’s not. 
I know legally as long as they give reasonable notice you can’t refuse access, but there must be a line drawn somewhere as tenants are entitled to ‘quiet enjoyment.’
 

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