Does the council have the right to check all of my property?

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14:53 PM, 10th September 2019
About 7 days ago

Does the council have the right to check all of my property?

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Does the council have the right to check all of my property?

I bought a property divided into 3 self-contained flats. I have a tenant in one, but she is not paying rent or energy since l bought it 8 weeks ago. I have decided to sell it as l don’t have any idea of how to produce so many papers and the stress that the Council is using with the power it has is just too much.

Please can any one tell me if the council have the right to check all the property or just the flat with the tenant?

They sent an email saying that they will check all the property even when l said the other 2 flats are not for letting. Do they have the right to check all the property?

How can l get a exemption licence as l will sale the property?

Thanks for your help.

Lilia



Comments

Luke P

15:18 PM, 10th September 2019
About 7 days ago

Absolutely join The Landlords Alliance and speak to Larry Sweeney!

LILIA FOUNTAIN

15:34 PM, 10th September 2019
About 7 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 10/09/2019 - 15:18
thank you, please do you tell a bit more about this organisation and this person.
I am not member of any organisation, l was told to join this one and ask for help.
thanks again

Fiona

17:36 PM, 10th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by LILIA FOUNTAIN at 10/09/2019 - 15:34
Lilia, I cannot emphasise enough that you join The Landlords Alliance here, and speak to larry Sweeney. You could be in a LOT of trouble right now.I'm so sorry to break the bad news to you. I saw your other post, about the boiler key. And yes. You do have to allow tenants access to the boiler. You really really need professional advice here. Or you may well be prosecuted. Ignorance of the law is no defense. Good Luck !

Annie Landlord

18:05 PM, 10th September 2019
About 6 days ago

The people you really need to speak to are the National Landlords Association or The Residential Landlords Association (soon to be amalgamated) Joining fee is about £75 and you can immediately ring their helpline for advice and support. They can give you legal advice from qualified people.

LILIA FOUNTAIN

22:58 PM, 10th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Fiona at 10/09/2019 - 17:36
thank you, will do

LILIA FOUNTAIN

22:59 PM, 10th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 10/09/2019 - 18:05
Thank you so much.

Clint

8:46 AM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 10/09/2019 - 18:05
Before you join the NLA or RLA, I suggest you join the National Landlords Alliance and speak to Larry Sweeny, he is far more helpful and will more than likely be able to assist you in getting the council to back off

Dylan Morris

10:35 AM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

I’m not sure what your strategy is here. You purchased the property 8 weeks ago but now want to sell it ? You only have one tenant in the three self contained units so two are empty. I suggest you issue a Section 21 to your tenant and at the same time place the property on the market for sale. You will need a solicitor to help you with the legalities, perhaps use the same one that acted in the purchase 8 weeks ago.

Michael Barnes

10:41 AM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

National Landlords Alliance and Larry Sweeny will help you to fight.

National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association (probably soon to merge) will help you to learn about your responsibilities and legal requirements.

Rob Crawford

11:56 AM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Hi Lilia, why do you think your tenant is not paying rent or utility bills? From your previous enquiry you imply a single gas boiler supplying various apartments. Are electricity and water supplies the same? If so how are the bills split and is this fair? What does your AST say on the matter? The council can serve you 24 hours notice of a visit your property and inspect the whole property. They will need to contact any tenants separately to visit individual apartments if occupied. Assuming everything is in order and you wish to repossess the apartment you will need to serve a section 8 (assuming still in the fixed term). However, this will not be valid if you are foul of the Fit for Habitation Act or other legislation such as failure to serve relevant document prior to the tenancy start date. I don't feel you necessarily need to join a landlord association but you do need legal advice from a PRS competent solicitor asap. Moving forward, joining a landlord association and taking advantage of courses offered etc. will help you become a competent and informed landlord. Understanding the law, landlord and tenant obligations will make things easier in the long run! Good luck. PS, if your in the Bath or Bristol area, feel free to contact me.

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