8:12 AM, 17th February 2014, About 8 years ago 4
My tenants are working during day, so have verbally agreed that I will meet gas engineer there to allow him access for annual gas check.
All perfectly logical and amicable – except it has taken over two months, multiple texts, many e-mails and an engineer wasting his time with a ‘no access’ visit to get this far ! First time I’ve had such a problem with something that should be so simple. We have a slight communication problem here, English is not their first language.
Should I ask tenants for signed permission to access flat in their absence?
I wouldn’t normally, with previous tenants I’d just have a verbal agreement that I would let a tradesman have access if my tenants were at work.
Or is it the other way round ? It IS my flat, as long as I have given them fair notice, and the law requires ME to ensure the annual safety check is done. Should I be giving them signed notice that I WILL be entering there home to facilitate the legally-required GasSafe inspection.
Or is it better to keep things informal as long as we can reach amicable agreement …