Hello Alex. I am not at my home today - this was something of an impulse decision to contact you on a friend's suggestion. Would it be OK if I sent you a reply when back at home tomorrow. I could also send you a copy of the newly drafted policy on lodgers and the response that my landlord has sent to my queries - or is that too much?
OK, will do. Thank you. In the meantime if you're able to answer the question as to who regulates landlords like mine I would be grateful.
Is there no regulation of landlords in general?
Sorry, what do you mean by the council when you say 'condition of property etc is the council'? I am not a council or housing association tenant and can't think of any other council you might have meant.
You asked for the exact wording in my tenancy agreement ref. lodgers. This is paragraph q of clause 8 and says :- The tenant agrees with the landlord as follows:- (q) Not to take in any lodger or paying guest without the prior written consent of the landlord.
Does it say such consent shall not be unreasonably refused?
Are you in a fixed term of a tenancy please?
No I am not in a fixed term tenancy. I have an Assured shorthold tenancy agreement under the housing act 1988
Ok - so you are on a periodic tenancy?
Ok - any changes can't be retrospective
However the bad news is because you are on a periodic tenancy you have very little rights
The Landlord can introduce new changes and sadly you have very little negotiation rights
If you were on a fixed term you would be in a better position
And because it does not say any consent can not be unreasonably withheld then sadly this does not help
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
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