Hi, I needed to ask some follow-up questions as there have been some developments in my case.
Upon checking with the local council, they have responded indicating that my property is exempt from HMO licensing - so I am covered to have 4 adults living in my property (as per the existing tenancy agreement). However, I do not wish for additional tenants to be living there (such as one of the couples' partner's 3 kids - whom he has already moved in without my consent).
A) Is this alone sufficient grounds as a breach of contract for me to issue them notice to leave?
Meanwhile, this guy has started making life difficult for the other couple in the property - causing them to want to be moving out. My questions are around what options I have if they wish to do so.
a) Can they give me notice of wanting to move out? (My tenancy agreement has a break clause only after 18 months - its a 24 month contract). I understand they are still responsible for the rent - so what would I do if they said they wanted to move out?
b) Am I obligated to return a portion of their deposit to them? (I think the answer is clearly no, since the property would still remain occupied by the other couple and kids)
c) If the other couple do give notice, can I use this as a premise to terminate the entire tenancy agreement - or am I obligated to allow them to stay there (so long as they keep paying the rent).
d) What if the remaining couple with kids then say they would like to bring in other two tenants to share the rent (clearly this would be increasing the number of residents again to an undesirable level).
I am just trying to weigh my options before choosing the right course of action.
Thanks for your help.