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Can my landlord enter my flat without my permission?

Hi, my landlady let herself into my flat yesterday, when i wasnt there, she did not give notice - she tried to phone me before (i was unable to answer) she came into the flat but didnt leave a voicemail indicating that, so i didnt know she let herself in until I called her, which was after the fact. I move out this week and she needs to find a new tenant in the next few days (and she brought some stranger in with her UGH!!!) but surely this doesnt give her the right to let herself in without my knowledge? She told me, "Oh, i have a key for your place, so i already showed the person the flat, dont worry its over!". When i signed the lease with her she made a point of saying that she DIDNT have a key!!! So she lied as well!! I am so angry! i know there's nothing I can do, cos I'm leaving and the deed is done but i just want to know if this is allowed/legal :-( 68 mths ago

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nO, nO, nO.....hat is braking in......whilst you are the tenant no one that doesn't have your permission is entitled to enter (unless it's under a warrant issued by a court). Your landlord isn't even allowed to change your locks under the new rental act.

68 mths ago

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Ohh thank goodness someone asked this question, I'm struggling with the same issue at the moment, my landlord lets herself into my flat seemingly EVERY DAY under the pretense of "looking for her cat"!!! WTF????!! The cat is NOT freaking Houdini - how would he get inside if the windows and door are all CLOSED??!! (when I left at 6am - he was still roaming the streets..)

68 mths ago

NO NO nO even inb any case she /he is not allowed to enter without your permission

68 mths ago

Absolutely not. Big no, no. She has to arrange with you first. If you are not there, tuff. What if anything was stolen? She is not allowed to go into that flat without you in it and you opening the door and inviting her in. That only tells me that she went into your flat all the time when you were'nt there.

68 mths ago

She cannot go in without notifying you but you will probably find that in your lease there is a clause stating that the landlord may make routine inspections of your flat. It is a pretty standard clause so I will be surprised if its not in your lease agreement. There should also be a clause in there with regards taking prospective tenants into your flat during the last month of your lease. The fact that she did phone you , , and the fact that she had a valid reason for entering your flat ,unfortunately will cover her. Its a good idea in future to read the entire lease agreement properly and discuss such issues with your landlord before signing an agreement. You are quite within your rights to add clauses to the lease , before it is signed by both parties , in order to make it more agreeable to you.

68 mths ago

That is very rude and unprofessional! If I were you I would cause a big stink about this! Even though you are in the process of moving out, what she did is just not on! Totally unacceptable, what if something had been stolen? I think what she did is poor form, you must kick up a fuss.

68 mths ago

Sorry officer I thought it was a burglar I didnt mean to swing the bat that hard.

68 mths ago

I have to differ with the general opinion. The issue is relating to the agreement. Is there a notice clause ? If so then no they cannot just walk in. However you need to note your Breach of Contract clauses. If a tennant stops paying and then also refuses to move out - you are entitled to move back into the flat with or without there presence. If you are in arrears and the landlord is worried about his property - he has the right to inspect (not touch) ... So yes if you in breach of contract But this is usually a last resort ...so it probably was just a very unprofessional act on this Landlords part

68 mths ago

It is not allowed, it is invasion of privacy and the landlord have no right to enter your flat without your knowledge or consent.

68 mths ago

No, definitely not, that is invading your privacy. I feel she has an absolute cheek. I would have been fuming as well!

68 mths ago

No ways!!! I will be so upset. Go wee in her lawn!

68 mths ago

Go to the nearest police station and told them that something valuable has been stolen out of your flat and she and the prospective tenant are suspects number one. That should teach her a lesson. She has no rigth to enter without your permission, a lease agreement should state that permission at least 48 hours before a visit should be given to a landlord.

68 mths ago

Nope , that is criminal you can open a case of burgalary aginst the lanlord

68 mths ago

When we moved in the landlord also said to us that he've got an extra set of keys for all the doors, including a remote for the gate (house). It totally p*ss me off when he comes for a visit and just let himself in through our gate, not to even mention the fact that he might go into the house! Up to now he allways come there (dont happen too often) when we are at home. In the meantime we have also put more locks on the doors so he wont be able to get into the house anyway. He said its cause some tennants of the other places neglect their payments and then he goes in and change the locks so that they cant go in and he only give the new keys once all arrears have been paid. We dont work that way, we pay on the dot and dont want anybody in our house. Even if he wants to paint, we do it ourselves, dont want his 'trustworthy' painters in our home when we're not there. That's how we work and he doesnt have a choice. As long as we do what is expected of us he will have respect for our privacy. Full stop.

68 mths ago

Rude, unprofessional, yes. But illegal? Depends on your lease agreement with her.

68 mths ago

only in a case of emergency or ordered by the court if it is not on your lease.

68 mths ago

no

68 mths ago

NO! Our previous place was a granny flat. During our stay there my handbag was stolen (from the office) and we changed the locks. After that we had two break-ins within 6 months from each other and we moved out for safety's sake. We heard yesterday that another tenant who lives there now is moving out because she found out the landlord's son (in his late thirties) enters her flat during the day. I wonder how many times he entered our place when we weren't there. It's your private area - you are paying for that priviledge and I feel that your landlady should have at least left a message for you telling you of her intentions.

68 mths ago

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