Sorry for the delay.
To answer your specific queries relating to my original question:-
1. Before signing the lease we received a substantial set of paperwork that included an electrical certificate from the previous year. This had some advisories but nothing that appeared serious.
2. We did not have a survey done as the lease is for 3 years only and the building appears sound.
3. Repairs to the building are recovered through a maintenance charge.
4. We did have a solicitor act for us.
Things have now changed somewhat in that our landlord's solicitor is claiming that their original statement that their client was aware of serious issues with the electrics in the building before we took occupation was a mistake.
We are reviewing the documentation pack we have to try and clarify this situation.
I would be grateful of advice on a different but related aspect please.
The lease is I believe a standard commercial lease that includes a clause allowing the landlord or her agents access to our premises for any purpose on giving 3 days prior notice.
Is this enforceable as it is written, or do we have some right to expect such requests to be limited in number and for a reasonable purpose?
For example, if such a request is for a purpose where the lease does not impose a responsibility on the landlord, or where we have reasonable grounds to believe that the landlord is being vexatious, or where we have reasonable grounds to believe that the landlord or her agents are making false or exaggerated claims, can we refuse entry?
Long story, but the landlord's solicitors are threatening to seek an Injunction allowing her entry to our premises even though there is an ongoing legal dispute with the other tenants of the building over work that she claims is urgently necessary in the loft above our premises.
We have a copy of a certified structural engineer's report from the other party refuting this claim, and based on my knowledge as a qualified mechanical design engineer, I believe that the landlord's advisor has grossly exaggerated any problem and any necessary remedial work at her behest in order to try and force entry.
Sorry if this is a bit rambling and convoluted!