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Housing Disrepair: why you should not refuse entry

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Refusing entry for repairs

You will find numerous things which develop often in real estate disrepair claims plus landlords claiming tenants refuse entry to undertake repairs is one.

Landlords have the best to get into the home of yours, provided they provide reasonable notice to either do an assessment or repairs.
Breach of tenancy agreement

As landlords have the best to get into, such a refusal is a breach of any tenancy agreement. If this were happening often, it might result in eviction. Section eight of the Housing Act 1988 allows evictions on particular, specific grounds. These are found at Schedule two of that Ground and Act twelve is that:

The Tenant has breached the conditions mentioned in the tenancy agreement.

If perhaps you’re a tenant of a real estate association or maybe council, it’s very likely that the kind of tenancy you’ve wouldn’t allow the landlord of yours to evict you with Section twenty one of the Act therefore eviction is usually feasible once the agreement is breached.
Housing disrepair claim

It’s not widespread for us to face a customer that has been, or perhaps is threatened with being, evicted for failing to enable entry. Rather, the problem arises in the course of the housing disrepair claim.

A tenant should give notice of any products of disrepair.

Once notice is provided, the tenant should allow their landlord access to undertake inspection then tackle some repairs. While it seems obvious that a tenant would permit entry for maintenance they’ve claimed, this’s never the truth.

Often, tenants are unsatisfied with the job that their landlord has proposed. We quite often encounter landlords who misdiagnose an issue and attempt to resolve it many times despite it failing to do this before. This’s typical with damp. Landlords inspect and locate damp. They deal with the walls with damp paint or maybe treatment and think about the problem solved. When it reappears, they return and also use exactly the same treatment. In a single situation, the landlord did the 5 times.

It’s not unreasonable for a tenant to be frustrated by that behaviour. Such landlords are plainly in breach of the repairing responsibilities under Section eleven of the Landlord and also Tenant Act 1985. As of twenty March 2020, they’re in addition very likely to be in breach of them under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 also.

Nevertheless, to refuse access is still a breach of the tenant’s duties and also would deliver the landlord with a defence to each claim.
What to do instead

If you’ve a real estate disrepair issue as well as your landlord fails to deal with it correctly, contact housing disrepair solicitors for help.

Even if we’re required, we advise the clients of ours to enable access and also to make sure they comply with the tenancy agreement.

If, as in the example above, your landlord has didn’t correctly investigate a problem and undertaken insufficient repairs, we are able to assist you. We are going to instruct a professional surveyor to attend the home and prepare knowledgeable report. It’s incredibly widespread for it to be discovered that we had a considerably more powerful, underlying issue that the landlord had decided to disregard or even skipped entirely.

In case a landlord consistently handle inadequate treats it’s not likely that these would disguise the genuine issue therefore there’s absolutely nothing to obtain for a tenant by declining entry.
Phony allegations

It’s in addition widespread for us to act for customers that are accused of neglecting entry, but deny this. The truth differs from situation to case:

We’ve acted for customers that happen to be at home awaiting workmen and thus there continues to be absolutely no knock at the home. Eventually, they recognized a card was pushed through claiming that they’d missed them. They named the landlord of theirs to describe, but no one came a second time. This has happened much more than once;
We’ve acted for clients whose landlords reported to have made meetings of what our customers had no idea so didn’t remain in; as well as A lot of our customers are vulnerable therefore when workmen show up without valid photographic ID they, quite appropriately, refuse entry.

Landlords we’ve made statements about have all used these as justifications for attempting to avoid claims. We support and help the clients of ours and so tend to be successful with such claims.