What rights of occupancy does my daughter (and fellow students) have, bearing in mind the recently received letter they have had sight of from the local authority and that the landlord has agreed a 1 year tenancy agreement for the nine students to occupy his property. Can the landlord simply advise all (or 3 of the 9) to vacate? In all likelihood, what could happen if the landlord simply ignored the letter?
They have a signed tenancy agreement for 1 year on the basis that 9 students will occupy the landlords 9 bedroom house.
Hi Alex, the landlord has signed the agreement. Neither my daughter or any of her 8 fellow students want to back out of the tenancy agreement. They are concerned that as the landlord has been advised by the local authority that as he is apparently in breach of planning consent by renting out his property to more than 6 people that 3 of the students (or all?) will be forced to leave or the landlord may invoke a notice to quit clause. The landlord rented his 9 bedroom house to 9 students and this was clearly known to him from the outset.
The property in question has been rented out for at least three years previously, as far as I'm aware, and also to 9 students. I'm not sure what you mean by (my daughter and fellow students) being `content` with the landlords breach of planning as their main concern is staying in the house, particularly as they had considerable difficulty in locating a 9 bedroom property. None of the students wants to vacate. As I haven't had sight of the agreement I cannot comment re cancellation, but would presume, similarly to other AST's that there is a cancellation / notice period type clause. The issue, surely, would be the landlord knowingly renting out his property to 9 people that he would have / may have known is in breach of planning?