Half of landlords struggle to access properties

Nearly half (46%) of landlords struggle to gain access to their properties to undertake maintenance like gas checks, research from evictions specialist Landlord Action has found.

Landlords need permission from their tenants to enter their property , while they are obliged to give tenants at least 24 hours’ notice unless it’s an emergency.

Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, said: “Gas safety checks are not only a landlord’s legal obligation, but they are also imperative to ensuring the safety of the property and the tenants living there.

“Of course, sometimes it comes down to when is convenient, but when tenants continually deny access, it becomes a real problem.”

Landlord Action released the research to coincide with the release of Gas Safety Week.

Investors with tenants are legally obliged to have a gas safety inspection carried out each year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

A copy of the gas safety certificate must then be issued to the tenants – otherwise it’s difficult to uphold evictions.

Landlord Action has proposed making it a discretionary ground for repossession if a tenant refuses access to a property.

Shamplina added: “As the market evolves and the balance of power shifts towards the tenant, landlords are contacting us with increasingly complex legal challenges, which are likely to broaden in the future as the sector reforms.

“We already offer access injunctions to complete gas safety checks and are currently looking at what other support landlords may need.”

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