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    So I let my student house through an Agency, as in the contract is signed with them. However my landlord deals with the day to day stuff and she's the one who we pay the rent to. So if the boiler breaks she's the point of call to sort it out. The Agency are just the people who find the tenants.

    Now they emailed me earlier today basically saying that the house is a mess.

    -There were dirty dishes on the side (We leave them all til the end of the day then do them all at the end, so we're not constantly using water every time we wash up), -Mine and another housemates rooms were messy, Mine because I was packing in a rush to go home for reading week, hers because she was sorting all her stuff out.
    -There was a load of recycling by the door which we hadn't put outside yet.

    The email said that the house was in an unacceptable state and we were putting off prospective tenants and could we keep it tidy in future.

    Shouldn't they legally be giving us 24 hours notice before showing anyone round? If they did the house would be spotless. I'm so uncomfortable with people going round my room without me even knowing (I don't care if i'm there, i'd just like to know people are going in). The contract says they have to give 24 hours notice..

    What do I do?
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    Speak to the landlord about it, calmly at first but make it clear they are breaking contract if they don't agree to your terms. Providing you're not doing anything which will damage the house and cleaning up when there's an inspection/viewing then it's really up to you whether you keep your clothes in a wardrobe or the floor and when you take the recycling out. You certainly don't need to explain yourself to anyone, if the place wasn't full of mold etc then you haven't done anything wrong. If they are difficult about it contact the agency and make a complain and contact CAB. Not giving notice is really ludicrous on their part... what if they walk in and you're having sex or something? Or even just there and pissed off at not having notice, I'd certainly kick up a fuss if someone walked in with no notice.
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    They legally have to give you 24 hours notice unless it's for emergency repairs.

    They also can't complain if you leave dirty dishes for a couple of days or your rooms aren't spotless. Unless you are causing damage to the house (e.g. letting the bathroom get mouldy) or encouraging pests that are hard to get rid of and would damage the house, the state you keep the property in between the day your tenancy starts and the day it ends is your business. All you have to do it return it in the same state it was in (allowing for 'fair wear and tear').
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    Yes you legally should be getting 24 hours notice (unless a live in landlord) except in the case of emergencies regardless of what your tenancy agreements says.

    And as above she has no right to demand your house be clean. Though she can of course ask politely for you to clean the house if possible before viewings to potential renters, but you have every right to say no and not do it.

    As for what to do. For the 24 hours notice, remind her of your rights as a tenant and her responsibility as a landlord and if you're too busy to clean/ don't want to when she asks then ignore her. She can't legally do a thing to make you tidy up. She knows this, she's just trying to pull one over on you because most people (especially students) don't know their rights.
 
 
 
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