Landlords Have No Right to Inspect Tenant Rooms Without Notice

One time, my neighbour, who is renting a small house from the landlord living just a few blocks away, told me a story about re-shuffling objects from her home, and problems magically fixing themselves even without her or her husband telling the landlord about the problem. They had lived on rent for at least three years by the time we had talked about the small incident she had regarding her house.

It was a day when she and her husband had left the house to go to work. They had locked the door, and they both remembered wanting to fix the kitchen sink, which the husband promise to do once he gets home early.

When they got home, the sink was fixed, instantly. Not knowing who did the good deed, they called the landlord, who confirmed that he had been inspecting the property when the couple was out.

While my neighbour said it was definitely efficient the landlord could fix things, she could not help but fear the fact that their privacy might be in jeopardy. She and her husband had belongings in the house, and another person who has access may just run away with those items.

Under UK law, the “Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment” is a right of tenants that nothing can bother them except police officers, local authorities, and the landlord in case of immediate emergencies.

The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985, section 11(6) also says that “in a lease in which the lessor’s repairing covenant is implied there is also implied a convenant by the leesee that the lessor, or any person authorised by him, could only access the property by giving a notice to the occupier 24 hours beforehand.”

So, definitely, the landlord meant well, but for personal security purposes, this law can come in handy. I hope they resolve their issue soon.