Here is a question to the blog clinic from Alan who is a landlord:
Could I use health and safety regulations to enter a property against tenants wishes if the property is being used as drugs den and is probably dangerous?
No. Landlords do not have the right to enter a rented property against the tenant’s wishes, save in the case of an emergency.
Emergency means something like a serious fire.
If you believe that the property is being used for illegal purposes there are two things that you should do:
- Report it to the Police – they have rights of access (if they obtain a warrant), you do not.
- Arrange to serve a section 21 notice on the tenants (assuming you are able to do this and have complied with all the necessary pre-requisites) and end the tenancy as soon as possible.