Landlords and agents will generally require access to the property periodically, to carry out maintenance works or general property inspections. However, they are required to provide the tenant with 24 hours written notice of their upcoming visit. Should a tenant refuse access the landlord or agent, does not have the right to enter the property without prior permission.
The only exception to this, is if access is required on an urgent or emergency basis, and if waiting the required time would be negligent to the property, tenant or landlord – for example to repair a large leak.
My fixed term tenancy is ending, how can I stay in the property?
There are two options for staying on at the property; periodic or a new fixed term agreement.
Contact your landlord or agent to discuss which option is best for you. A rolling periodic agreement would mean that you have no fixed period set to stay at the property, but you are still contractually bound to all previous obligations and expectations as set forth in your original tenancy agreement. Whilst you are still need to provide the required notice period of two months to vacate, this can be done virtually at any time. The main difference between this and the fixed term agreement is that a landlord also has the ability to serve a notice to vacate on yourselves. This is however, unlikely to occur if there have been no issues during the tenancy. If you would prefer to re-sign into another fixed term agreement this can be done, but will carry a fee for the administration work required for re-signing.
What happens if my landlord wants the property back?
If a landlord wishes to serve notice on his tenant, his has obligations and rules as to what he is allowed to do, the same as tenants do. A landlord cannot lawfully force tenants to move out during a fixed term tenancy, however they are able to serve a notice requiring possession of the property at the end of a fixed term agreement, or whilst the tenant is on a periodic (monthly rolling) contract. This varies from a one month to a two-month required notice, depending on the agreement you have signed initially.
What happens if I want to leave the property?
Firstly, this depends whether you are in a fixed term agreement or on a period (monthly rolling) contract.
Whilst you cannot legally leave your fixed term contract earlier than originally agreed, you can request to vacate the property earlier. This is subject to a landlord’s approval, and usually involves compensation for additional costs and work required to let the property early. You are also still liable for the rent and all obligations set forth in your agreement until a new tenant is found, or your fixed term agreement comes to an end, whichever is first.
If you are on a periodic contract, or coming up to the end of your fixed term, you are able to serve your notice to vacate. Check your documents, a two-month notice is usually required, but this can vary from property to property. Please ensure you serve your notice correctly and in line with your tenancy dates. If you are unsure of anything, make sure you speak to your agent or landlord as early as possible to avoid any mistakes.