Tenants rights over viewings when selling a property

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Dear Sir,
I wonder if you could help?

I have some tenants who have been in the property for approx 4 years now and so have made it into quite a home. So much of a home in fact, that it's a bit of an overstuffed mess...

Anyway, as rents in the area have plummeted and property prices risen quite a lot, it makes sense to sell. I informed the tenants of this 2 months before the end of the current contract, an AST which has gone onto periodical as of last year.

Due to the mess (and the reluctance to move on the part of one of the tenants), I've given them a few weeks to tidy up before the Estate Agents can come in to take pictures for the sale. I've also offered to get the place professionally cleaned at no cost to them, just so the pics look as good as they can.

The Estate Agents contacted me today to say that the tenants have not agreed to the conditions of access for future viewings.

My question to you is: what are the normal arrangements for viewings? Surely the Estate Agents only have to give them 24 hours notice and can then go around when they want to (between reasonable hours like 9am to 8pm)?

I know the tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment, but are there any other legal considerations I should be making (so I don't end up with sitting tenants, uncooperative to a fault)?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mookie
25/03/2015 14:10

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