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Landlord Insider
On the Landlord Insider blog, you’ll find some excellent resources for landlords of all sizes. From the latest landlord news, to professional advice, tips and guides for landlords, there’s something for everyone. Brought to you by the excellent team behind the Landlord Vision property management software.

Can Tenants Change the Locks?

Man changing core of a door lock of the entrance glass door, close-up view with no face

Most tenants are not going to go to the trouble and expense of changing the locks in their rental home, but you should be aware that it can and does happen on occasion, especially in aggravated eviction cases. Before you blow your stack and head over to the property with two mates and a sledgehammer, read on to find out whether your tenant is justified in changing the locks, what you can do about it, and how you can recover your costs if the worst does happen.

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Extended Eviction Ban Causing Landlords Issues

A yellow eviction notice on a a broken door

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the government announced a temporary ban on evictions in the private rental sector to prevent tenants from being made homeless at a time when they needed to stay in place. However, whilst the ban has protected vulnerable tenants, it’s also given some tenants a free pass to engage in anti-social behaviour and stop paying their rent, without fear of being evicted any time soon.

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When can Landlords Legally Enter a Tenanted Property?

Man open the door

Conducting property inspections is an essential part of being a responsible and savvy landlord. Not only are you obliged to carry out repairs as and when they are needed but leaving a tenant to his or her own devices for umpteen years is a recipe for disaster. For one thing, they might not be taking good care of your investment, and for another, they could have illegally sub-let it to a bunch of strangers. However, even though you own the property, you don’t have an automatic right of access, except in a few specific circumstances.

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