Subject to any possible defence of reasonable excuse, a person who deliberately obstructs an inspection that has been approved by the Tribunal is liable for a penalty. The obstruction must be deliberate and would include:-
A penalty can only be charged if the person knows that the inspection has been approved by the Tribunal. The officer must, therefore, have handed the occupier a notice of inspection at the start that makes it clear that Tribunal approval has been given.
No penalty can be charged if the obstruction is not deliberate – for example if a family crisis means that the inspection has to be curtailed.
It should be noted also that the inspection continues until the officer notifies the occupier that it has finished. If it is incomplete at the end of the day the officer can return on the following day to complete it.