Landlord access rights: can my tenant refuse me entry?

Tue 17 Sep 2019

Once you become a landlord, although you own the property and you do have a legal right to enter it, you can’t simply walk in and out at your leisure. Read on to learn more about landlord access rights…

As a landlord, by law you’re required to provide your tenant(s) with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice before visiting the property. Although immediate access may be possible in emergencies, you must remember that tenants may refuse entry if you’ve not given them proper, reasonable or legal notice to enter.

Alongside the right to expect 24 hours’ notice, your tenants also have the right to remain in the property while repair work or maintenance is being carried out.

The same goes for property viewings – whether you’ve decided to sell your property or simply wish to re-let it, you have the right to conduct viewings with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice, but your tenants have the right to remain within the property while you (or your estate agent) show people around.

We know that sometimes it can be difficult arranging access to your property at a time that is suitable for both your tenant(s) and yourself. Leaders’ highly experienced lettings team are there to support you and negotiate an agreeable visitation time that works for everyone.

Alternatively, under our Fully Managed Service, our property managers will perform property inspections for you, while maintaining a professional and approachable relationship with your tenants.

Want to find out more about our Fully Managed Service? Call 0333 220 4381 to arrange your free rental valuation and discover how Leaders can help let your property quickly and efficiently.