Tenant refuses to grant access without paying him?

by Readers Question

15:51 PM, 12th February 2020
About 2 months ago

Tenant refuses to grant access without paying him?

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Tenant refuses to grant access without paying him?

I am an overseas landlord and have a property that needs minor fixes and gas safety certification. The tenant claims to be a busy person so he can not accompany(open the door) for our contractor to get those done.

However, he is willing to charge us £1000 for the time he accompanies(open the door) our contractor or make us agree to hold responsible for our contractor for any missing items and he will leave the keys with the concierge.

I trust the contractor, but since I can not be present, it would be his word against mine when something went missing. I can hire an agent to accompany our contractor, but I do not see any difference if the tenant accuses our contractor of stealing.

Any advice or experience would greatly be appreciated.

Alex



Comments

Chris Clare

16:09 PM, 13th February 2020
About 2 months ago

I would also suggest that anyone who enters this property does so with a camera strapped to their chest.

Then if this delightful tenant tries it on you can report him for fraud.

Peter Lassman

8:21 AM, 15th February 2020
About 2 months ago

Why are you not using an Agent if your overseas and do you not have a spare set of keys and possibly a spare security fob, give him 48hrs notice of a contractor going there with an Agent (3rd Party) and turn up if he’s there all the better and if he’s not there go in, after all you gave him adequate notice, or phone the police and say a neighbour smells something odd from the flat and you think it needs investigating and as the Landlord you give them right of access and will accompany them at the time of entry 😎 And serve him Notice ASAP

Kabs

18:07 PM, 15th February 2020
About 2 months ago

We had a similar situation tenant was not paying rent and was not giving access for gas safety check. Appointments were made and broken tenants said we could go in using the spare key but she left her dog loose. We finally managed to carryout gas safety after 4 months. Council and health and safety refused to help. 12 months on tenants is still at the property not paying rent.
Thanks to british law

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