My tenancy is about to end and I have arranged for an inventory company to perform the checkout on the last day of tenancy. As I can’t be in the area at the time, I have asked a trusted friend who is familiar with the property to be there on my behalf. I would also like my friend to be able to have a quick look around the property, just to ensure the clerk (who I’ve never used before) doesn’t miss anything important. The tenant has raised concern that they don’t want someone close to me involved in the inspection. I’ve reassured them that the report will be produced by the clerks only. However, the tenant has also raised concern about there being more than necessary people in the property with them due to COVID. My question is: could the tenant prevent my friend/representative from entering the property before the inspection is signed off as complete by the clerk? At specifically what point does the tenant no longer have rights over who enters the property?
Hopefully my concern is unwarranted, but the way things are going I am starting to wonder if the tenant is hiding something and I am conscious that any damages need to highlighted whilst the inventory clerk and tenant are still there for me to have any right of claim. Thank in advance for your wisdom!