I have lived in the house I rent for 2 years and 4 months now. It is an annexe built next to their house. They informed me just before Christmas that they were putting the house on the market and that there is a legal clause both properties have to be sold together. They told me that ideally they would like to sell the house with a sitting tenant.
I allowed the estate agents (3 companies) to come round and take photos of the property; however I moved all my belongings out of the photo (so it looked empty).
My letting agency called today to say they have a viewings the weekend and can I be out while they are. I wasn’t happy about this as just being after new year my house is not as tidy as it usually is and also I have 2 cats who get scared easily. I also have a problem with them bringing a stranger into my house looking at all my personal possessions (especially my bedroom).
I went to CAB and have read numerous articles that state I have no legal requirement to let people look round my house as I am currently living there and paying full rent.
My landlord and I today had a discussion which ended up in an argument. They said that they ‘ideally like to sell the house with me in it, but if not I will have to go’.
I feel that really they should have to make a decision to either sell with a sitting tenant or they should give me my notice and sell it empty.
They made a few comments along the lines of ‘if you are being obstructive, we will move the obstruction’ and made a couple of very personal comments which upset me.
My landlord used the line he ‘legally had the right to enter the property with 24 hours notice’. I completely agreed with him and said he is welcome to look round the house, but he is not entitled to bring other people into the house I rent.
I have no problem with my landlord giving me notice, I just want a bit of stability. The house is up for quite a lot of money and I know this is the first interest they have had. I obviously understand they want to sell the house but they seem to want it both ways in my eyes…. They want my rent in case they don’t sell but also want access to the property I rent.
Could anyone help with my tenant rights and right to privacy etc….
Thank you in advance.