What are my minimum legal rights and obligations with regard to access?
We would like to keep our own set of keys and are happy to undertake to give the tenant plenty of notice with an invitation to change arrangements to a time convenient to them, but would like to simply be able to get in when we need to, providing the right notice has been given.
After all, without reasonable access it is difficult - we think - for the law to insist on our legal obligations. We have challenged the Council to either improve our access or absolve us of our obligations but they refuse to engage.
What would be 'reasonable access' and what is our position if we are constantly denied it?
Incidentally, reading this back it makes the Council look spectacularly crap so the question is, why do we do it? Answer: because they give us two year leases payable quarterly in advance and offer rents about 20% above the local market rate...! Enough said.
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