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Popping in Dropping-in

  • This phenomenon can be a real dilemma depending on how landlords operate and  also upon tenant expectations.
  • Most tenants appear to want to be left alone and not bothered by the landlord - until a need for landlord involvement arises, when  they reasonably want a speedy response.
  • Some overzealous landlords are inclined to visit unexpectedly to keep an eye on their property.
  • This will most often be perceived  as friendly (if not eccentric) concern, enabling any problems to be resolved  quickly.
  • However, it only takes one occasion when landlords who do not  communicate such impromptu visits to run the risk of accusation of harassment.
  • Too little interest and landlords may wrongly be perceived as disinterested in their tenant's welfare.
  • The courts, however, are very clear about the required  minimum 24 hours implied notice before, "dropping-in" to visit tenants or a property. 'Implied', means it applies irrespective of contractual inclusion.
Published: 11 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021