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Q: My landlord has entered the property when I wasn’t home and without my permission. I feel violated; do I have any rights?

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A. Your landlord has the right to ‘reasonable’ access to the property to carry out repairs during your tenancy but they must give you at least 24 hours’ notice and seek your permission. The only time they can enter the property without your permission is if there is an emergency or they have a court order. If your landlord has not asked your permission, then you are well within your rights to request that they give you the required 24 hours’ notice in future. Be calm and polite and keep a record of the incident as well as your correspondence. If the landlord ignores your request and enters the property again without notice or permission, then you should take the matter further and consult an experienced advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau.