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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 10:23 AM   1
julietz
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Landlord wants to sell house, our rights?


Hi, our landlord recently decided to tell us through hus agent he is going to sell house, and wants people to come round viewing it while we are there, if we do not comply then he will ask us to leave sooner, so frustrated, we have children, this is our home, we pay good rent never late, i do not want strangers coming into our home, not fair on the kids, so if we refuse how much notice are we entitled to? didnt expect this, were still paying off a holiday and havnt even saved spends, now we got to find a house and deposit, so what are our rights as tenants, its only a shorthold but treated as peridonic still as a current tenancy, been here over 3 yrs



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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 11:10 AM   2
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I would ask estate agent. It should be in contract. I dont think you can stop people coming around due to its his house to sell. I know when we rented when we were moving out people were in and out. I would imagine they would let you know when people come around though. As long as notice is given i believe its the owners right to enter their property. Last place we rented before bought it was a pain with people coming around all the time. I would read through your contract carefully to find out notice. I think all you can do is ask for notice of any viewings. I may be wrong but i know people who rent out property and im sure this is how they said it worked



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 11:29 AM   3
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Usually states in your contract that you have to let view unfortunately, usually around 48 hours notice are given.

You contract will also state how much notice he needs to give if he want to sell this could anything from 1 month to 6 months!



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 11:30 AM   4
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I believe as long as they give you at least 24hours written notice they can enter the property. As for asking you to leave it would depend on your tenancy agreement if it's gone onto a rolling contract it's likely they have to provide you with 2 months written notice to vacate.

It's horrible and stressful, my ex landlord stop paying the mortgage and the house went in recievership it was a nightmare. I would just try and find somewhere and move ASAP.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 13:24 PM   5
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You will have signed a contract which will stipulate viewings. Usually they say with X amount of notice access must be granted to the property.

He has every right to sell his house, and if you deny viewings you'd be likely given 1-2 months notice to vacate (stipulated in your contract). It may take longer to sell so the sensible thing to do is to start looking at houses yourself and allow all viewings. Ask the landlord about your notice period now, whether it's still the same as contracted or could you vacate immediately when a property was found.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 13:44 PM   6
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He will have to give you 2 months written notice to vacate. Insist that an estate agent accompany all viewings, if it were me I would want to be there as well. Personally I would comply with convenient viewings but not when kids were in bed etc.



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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 14:26 PM   7
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Even if he gives you notice, you don't technically have to leave. He'd have to go to the courts and evict you which can take ages... A lot of councils don't recognize you as homeless until then.

I went through something similar and had advice from the council. You have a right to quiet/peaceful enjoyment of the property and I was told to give some times that I would allow viewings. I said one evening (when my son was able to sleep at his Dad's) and a saturday morning.

It's in his interests to keep you onside. The landlord will want to keep you in the property until he sells. And in order to sell, he needs you onside because he wants you to keep the property presentable.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2013, 14:38 PM   8
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I believe landlords have to give 2 months notice minimum when evicting, and I do think you have to let people view which I know isn't nice, unfortunately it is the case when it isn't your house. I hope you find somewhere quickly, I know it's stressful.



 
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Even if he gives you notice, you don't technically have to leave. He'd have to go to the courts and evict you which can take ages... A lot of councils don't recognize you as homeless until then.

I went through something similar and had advice from the council. You have a right to quiet/peaceful enjoyment of the property and I was told to give some times that I would allow viewings. I said one evening (when my son was able to sleep at his Dad's) and a saturday morning.

It's in his interests to keep you onside. The landlord will want to keep you in the property until he sells. And in order to sell, he needs you onside because he wants you to keep the property presentable.
I don't think this is the way to go and would be really unfair, he hasn't technically done anything wrong, it is his house and his right to sell it, it is one of the downsides to renting. I hope nobody would resort to this if a landlord is sticking to the rules



 
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Even if he gives you notice, you don't technically have to leave. He'd have to go to the courts and evict you which can take ages... A lot of councils don't recognize you as homeless until then.

I went through something similar and had advice from the council. You have a right to quiet/peaceful enjoyment of the property and I was told to give some times that I would allow viewings. I said one evening (when my son was able to sleep at his Dad's) and a saturday morning.

It's in his interests to keep you onside. The landlord will want to keep you in the property until he sells. And in order to sell, he needs you onside because he wants you to keep the property presentable.
I don't think this is the way to go and would be really unfair, he hasn't technically done anything wrong, it is his house and his right to sell it, it is one of the downsides to renting. I hope nobody would resort to this if a landlord is sticking to the rules
I agree, this would be a really nasty way to react when the landlord hasn't done anything wrong, and it's his property.



 
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