I am landlord to a multi-let property in London.
Please direct me to the statutory legislation that
a) confirms whether or not I am in the right or wrong;
b) infers that there is no law forbidding my actions.
My generic question, applicable to every HMO scenario, is based on these parameters:
- Multi-let contractual situation of salaried adult sharers in a privately owned fully-equipped house.
- The landlord is not resident in the property;
- Each tenant has a verbal agreement (implying they have a "room-only AST" by default ) between the landlord and themselves for the rental of their designated room and allowing them with full free use of the shared areas.
- They observe code of conduct dictated by the landlord in the House Rules [which you can see are generic and do not impact on the matter in hand]:
A - Pay your rent on time
B - 1 months notice by email if you want to move out. As
landlord, I can give you 2 month's notice to move out.
C - Keep the house secure;
D - Keep the house clean and tidy and clean up after use within 3 hours;
E - Show respect to others at all times;
F - Guests may stay free of charge for 2 weeks within
Given these conditions:
a) does the rented room in each verbal agreement constitute the designated zone governed by each tenant's right for 24 hour notice for access (emergencies excepted)?
b) does the whole house including shared areas such as kitchen/lounge, garden, etc. constitute that designated zone requiring 24 hour notice for access?
Knowing whether the answer above is (a) or (b) will determine whether my unannounced visits to the property where I let myself into the shared areas, collect or deliver something and then leave in a matter of minutes, is an act in breach of statutory law.
Can you assist me with this?