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    Hi ! hello to all reading i have a quick question to people from the uk. I am thinking about moving into a rented property through a letting agent. I am slightly worried about the qaurterly inspections that are carried out by the by the letting agent if the landlord chooses to pay for this service. Anybody on here had one of these inspections recently and can tel me what the inspection consists of ? i mean, is it a quick skim around the house or are they opening cupboards, checking the cellar and loft and all the rest of it etc.

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    Quick skim usually. Ive never had a quartly inspection so I wouldnt worry.

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    Hi M8, They aint gona look in ya cubards lol... they just wana see that the house hasnt been wrecked ..... were are you thinking of putting your grow ... ?

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    In the loft space . i was thinking just keep it in loft an when the inspection comes around fill the cupboard up with storage.. ( the cupboard with the loft hatch in)

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    Trust me m8, they aint gona go in ya loft... they normally come round look in the rooms , see that your looking after the place and go... youll be fine :0)

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    Put stuff in the cupboard never hurts tobe too careful....

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    quick skim, they will want to look in every room.. i had an inspection just as last crop was put onto 12/12 just moved everything up the loft then back down again.. guy said it was the tidiest house he had seen standing in a room that a few hours ago was full of plants and associated growing equipment

    the email i received from them referred to it as being an anual inspection and i queried this with the guy who came round.. he was new but assumed they would be every 6 months..

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    right ok thanks lads! beeen really helpful, makes a change from just getting abuse haha ! Thanks again

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    Interesting thread, My last inspection they came when I was not in, I left my tub of herbals out! They didn't say anything so I think it depends If the person doing the inspection is not a totally moron! I haven't started anything in my current flat, I have 6 month inspections so I'm due in about 4 months. Id be interested if anyone had ideas for what to do if I had to move a small cupboard grow. I live on the ground floor so my current best plan would be to leave it running, spray a shitload of room spray and hope for the best!

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    Old thread, sorry!

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    bump!
    I'm just moving into a place with quarterly inspections. I've arranged with the agents 4 dates and times per year so I'm aware of when they're coming over and what to tidy away.
    The real funny thing was when I was asking the agent last week why they needed to check so often and she looked me straight in the eye and said "to make sure you're not growing cannabis" I was kinda lost for words!
    My grow is gonna be in the garage in a 1.2 tent (garage is ground floor built into the house) and will be surrounded by storage boxes and turned off just before she gets there. She won't rifle through my stuff and has already told me it's just a cursory glance into each room.
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    They wont stick to the quartly ones... my friend and I rent an upmarket new build thats sposed to have quartely inspections, they came once after we had been 7 months and not bothered us since, the place was a shithole when they arrived as i hadnt been well and they dont look in cupboards and root around its just a visual to make sure you havent smashed holes everywhere, pay your rent in full and on time, keep your head down and be careful with your grow and nobody will be any the wiser

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    Unless it a safety check then they will need access to all sockets and rads.
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    good thought chufuginlookinat, didn't think of that.
    Apparently my new landlord is fussy but lives overseas so has the letting agent look after it. Even asked if he could fly over (from China!) a few times to check it out
    There's gonna be no probs with access to shit around the tent as it's not gonna be up against walls etc and there's enough room to put storage boxes all around the tent so hopefully will be ok.
    No loft in this place, is 3 stories but has a flat roof
    I did ask her if we could make it annually after the first year but she refused and I didn't wanna push it as I was worried I'd sound suspicious.

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    I think by law they are not allowed to enter the property without your permission unless they have certain grounds to, like they were suspect something wasnt right, or you hadnt been seen much living there, or you had not paid your rent etc, end of the day they have to comply with you and suit visiting times around yourself they can't just say we are coming on X date and X time, they tried doing them with us when we had boiler inspections and I explained my odd working hours and they were cool with it and turned up when I was in.

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    Yeah we have them at ours, they kept to it first year or two but now it's more like bi-annually and they come when we're ready. The same person comes everytimre and she basically natters with the missus for 5 min and the looks at each room (like just looks in the door and that's it) and then goes. No drama as long as you pay on time and keep your head down as said above mate

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    Cool I spoke to the last tenants who'd been there 5 years and was told the agent always came around 4 times a year without exception, landlord is a pedantic fucker, but as you said Robie - shouldn't be an issue, the woman comes and sticks her head around each room then buggers off. I'll time it for her to come on the same day as my cleaner
    Nobody is gonna notice my tent covered in boxes and storage junk, fuck I think I'm gonna change my name to Steptoe

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    Be sound mate I'm sure there's loads of us in same position

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