Here is a question to the blog clinic from Mary (not her real name) who is a landlord:
We are landlords of a flat with a tenant who now after a six month tenancy is on a month by month agreement.
The flat is also up for sale. A viewing was fixed and changed by tenant, two more viewings were made with five days notice. On day of viewing, 15 minutes before one viewing, tenant cancelled the viewings.
This is frustrating for us, estate agent and prospective purchasers, who do not want to make another appointment.
How do we stand?
The first thing is to check the tenancy agreement and see whether it provides for inspections for prospective purchasers. Not all tenancy agreements do, and it is not something you are entitled to do as of right.
However, even if it is permitted, the tenant is entitled to deny access if the inspection is at times inconvenient to him.
The only real difference therefore between having permission in the tenancy agreement and not having permission in the tenancy agreement, is that if you do, you are more likely to succeed in a court claim for an injunction. And I am sure you do not want to have to go this far.
If you have permission in the tenancy agreement you can always threaten an injunction though. Or, in both cases, you can do what I suggested in my post >> here and offer a bonus to the tenants (to compensate them for their inconvenience) if they co-operate.
That suggestions was quite unpopular with some landlords, but if you are desperate to get the viewing done it may be a better way to get co-operation than by threatening injunctions, which is likely to make the tenant even more hostile.