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viewings 9 months before end of the contract

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Tenant

Hello,

 

We signed a 12 months in August.

Recently landlord (letting agency) sent us an email saying they need to start advertising the property on the market for the next academic year, followed by another two emails informing us about arranged viewings.

Obviously we do not want to have viewings for next 9 months of the contract. We live in this house.

What are our rights? I understand we do not have to agree for any viewings, and landlord cannot attend the property without our permission. Is it correct? Is it subject to specific term of contract or is it general rule?

Do we have to agree for viewings close to end of contract? For example one moth? Is there any specific time period before end of contract we have to agree for viewings? Is it subject to specific terms of the contract, or general rules?

Am I right it is criminal offense, trespassing, if landlord will attend the property without our permission?

Can we change the locks in the property without letting landlord know?

 

Could someone send some links to law acts on the issue?

 

Thank you in advance

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Tenant

Just to add to the above

There is a clause in the agreement saying we have to allow property to be viewed in the last two months of the tenancy with at least 24h notice:

“To allow the Premises to be viewed in the last two months of the tenancy at reasonable times, during normal working hours, and upon the Tenant being given at least 24 hours’ notice either in writing or by telephone, following a request by any person who is (or is acting on behalf of) the Landlord or the Agent and who is accompanying a prospective purchaser or tenant of the Premises”

Do we have to agree for the visit? What if we do not agree for the visit? For example we want to be present at the time of the viewing and it is not possible for us to be at the property at given time.

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Tenant

I understand we do not have to agree for any viewings, and the landlord cannot attend the property without our permission. – This is correct

Okay, so you can more or less reject any visits to the property. This is your right of “quiet enjoyment” which is bestowed to you as an assured shorthold tenant of the property. 

Letting agents and landlords (including servicemen, etc) have a right to gain entry, upon notification of at least 24h and your approval. Typically, you don’t want to be too unreasonable with your right to deter access. As you will learn, it’s much better to negotiate and come up with a schedule that serve’s everybody’s interests. 

Am I right it is a criminal offense, trespassing if the landlord will attend the property without our permission? – this is correct. However, it will only be valid if you preemptively stated that you don’t want anyone to enter without your permission or presence. If you say nothing, they serve a notice and come around on the date and you’re not there – most will go in under the pretext that you didn’t disagree either. 

Can we change the locks in the property without letting landlord know? – you’re typically not allowed to do it. Since it’s a very fine subject and the law protects personal privacy, you may change the lock and keep the keys to yourself. However, you’ll be in breach of the contract and may pay a portion of your deposit when you move out. 

Only do this, when you meet utter disregard to your privacy and enjoyment of the property. 

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