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Can a tenant turn up at a landlord’s property?

Started by DiamondsForever, February 19, 2024, 10:58:33 PM

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DiamondsForever

I have a tenant who has emailed saying they are applying for a RRO and claiming disrepair to the property. The property was in good working order at the start of the tenancy and the tenant is disgruntled by the fact that they have been served an accelerated possession order to leave the property by the courts.

The tenant has stated in the email they will be hand delivering a copy of the tribunal form to the landlord's address of residence. Is the tenant allowed to do so? The landlord does not want the tenant on their property; could they send a response to that effect?

jpkeates

Anyone can turn up at a property (to its boundary) and post something (assuming there's a letterbox or mail box there). They can't come into the property without your consent.

So, if there's a driveway or a gate and path before they get to a letterbox, they can't enter the property without permission.

But enforcing that isn't easy in real life. And why let them believe you're bothered by the idea.

DiamondsForever

Quote from: jpkeates on February 19, 2024, 11:31:29 PMAnyone can turn up at a property (to its boundary) and post something (assuming there's a letterbox or mail box there). They can't come into the property without your consent.

So, if there's a driveway or a gate and path before they get to a letterbox, they can't enter the property without permission.

Thanks for your response. There is a driveway before they get to the property. The tenants have no reason to post the form through my letterbox because they have sent it via email and the tribunal will send me a letter through the post anyway. They are trying to reclaim 12 months of rent when they are in serious rental arrears and are making false allegations regarding harassment and disrepair.

But enforcing that isn't easy in real life. And why let them believe you're bothered by the idea.

jpkeates

In which case you can refuse them permission to enter your driveway, and if they do it would be trespass.

Other than that technicality, I'm not sure that helps you. It's not really practical to enforce without fences and a gate.

Letting them know you're bothered at the notion of them pushing something through your letterbox seems doesn't seem to help you, either. A doorbell camera (or just a camera) might be a deterrent to them doing anything other than posting a document through the door.