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I am pretty sure your husband will have some strong views on this. Look at it from his point of view. He has been in the house and you have been gone for 9 months. Do you think it''s reasonable that you turn up with a gang of friends and enter the house to take items that you consider to be yours, with only a few hours notice? I certainly do not think that is reasonable in the slightest.
Does anyone have any advice or views on whether I should let husband know in advance that I am coming with friends to collect all my things in the next week or just let him know a few hours before I will get there.
He also has a right to privacy and a peaceful life. After a 9-month absence, his right to privacy almost certainly over-rules your right of entry. Just because you are a joint owner of a property does not give you the right to come and go as you please. A landlord cannot simply walk into his tenant''s house, after all.
I know legally he can''t do it and I have right of entry.
Again your husband may have something to say about that. Even if you do manage to convince him to let you in, he is perfectly within his rights to refuse entry to a gang of your friends, especially if he believes they are going to strip his home.
I have got a group of friends who are going to help me move my stuff.