Access by landlords

11.8.1.L2 Updated on:

Access to accommodation by landlords

A landlord should give a tenant reasonable notice in writing of their need to access the property. This is usually at least 24 hours’ notice. Writing can includes text message and e-mail.

Providing a tenant meets the terms of their lease, their landlord should allow them peaceful enjoyment of the property.

Usually a landlord has the right to access the property to inspect the state of repair and it is recommended that they inspect the state of repair against the inventory at regular intervals to prevent problems at the end of the tenancy. A landlord may gain access with reasonable notice if they believe that any terms of the lease are being breached or if they believe that anything unlawful is taking place on the premises.

A landlord has a right to access with reasonable notice for any necessary maintenance. In the event of an emergency, for example, a landlord may need to gain immediate access to prevent a fire or prevent a safety risk to the tenant and other residents. However, for all other repairs the tenants should be given at least 24 hours’ notice.

Before the end of a lease, or if the owner decides to sell the property, the landlord or his agent has a right of access for viewings by potential new tenants or buyers, subject to giving any sitting tenant reasonable notice.

A landlord does not have a right to enter in any other circumstances unless they have a court order.