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The Blackmail of Reference Letters

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Hi everyone,

I have a problem with my landlord (and the person he has assigned to maintain my AST property).

He keeps entering the house with workers to carry out repairs without having given me any notice at all.

However, if I mention anything about it, he tells me that if I do not cooperate, he will not give me a good reference at the end of my tenancy agreement.

I have no problem allowing him access to carry out repairs, I have never ever posed any obstacle on him for that.

But I don’t like the fact that whenever he feels like it (or whenever he has found the workmen, or I don’t know what) he just comes and enters the property without having given me any notice that he is coming.

What can I do?

I know that if I go to the police, they will tell me that they don’t care, it si not up to them to sort this out.

If I go to the Shelter or to CAB or something, they will say the same, that I have to send him a letter to stop doing that and that he should stop.

But what if he doesn’t? As is the case here?

I know that an ever increasing number of landlords request references.

How can he be allowed to do this sort of blackmail?

What can I do?

I have started feeling desperate…

Thank you in advance for your replies,

Kind Regards,


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The thing is really, there is no absolute victory for you. To protect your right to privacy, you really need to start denying access to anyone who visits without prior notice and your consent to that entry. 

To do this, you can change the locks and keep the original ones, which should be put back on the doors and the keys returned to the landlord when you move out. The landlord can’t force their entry trough the locks because, well, that is criminal activity and you can take them to court (and likely win). 

If you continue to cooperate, under required conditions, and allow access, they don’t have any leg to stand on to try and evict you and when you counter with the real facts (hopefully provide proof too), you’re really safe from eviction. ***Do not trust me ! Consult a real solicitor, if the landlord tries to do it !!!

They can’t deduct it from the deposit, because you returned the original locks and keys to the property and, hopefully, haven’t caused any other damage, or missed rent. If the deposit is protected, the scheme will help you deal with the landlord through a free ADR process, where you can lay out the facts. 


You will suffer a bad reference. However, if you’re smart enough, you will start collective information and proof as you’re still living the property that your landlord is entering against your will and without any kind of notice, which demands drastic measures. Having that, you can easily it to the next landlord before hand and tell them to expect a bad reference, etc etc. 

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