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    We are a share of freehold building constituting 4 flats. The building is managed by us all owners as a limited company. As part of our lease only single households are allowed. We are 1 of the flats, and recently 1 of the owners of the flat adjacent to us has advised us that since he is having problems finding single household tenants, he wishes to reach out to our local council in order to let his property to social housing tenants. His flat is a large one with 4 bedrooms.
    Please don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against people living in social housing, but we would ideally like to keep the building private and have him let to private tenants. The owner of this flat does not care who he lets his property to, and we have had several problems with him/his tenants so far,including him making the flat a hmo when it's not allowed. This is a small building, with thin walls, wooden structures, and really not made for such lettings.

    I was wondering if there is anything we can do to stop him letting to the council for social housing tenants? Anything in the lease?

    Thank you for all your help and advice.

    If, as a term of the lease, the flats must be occupied by single households, using it as an HMO or to let to an organisation sounds like a breach of the lease.
    The lease will probably contain the steps necessary to address this.

    The lease or management company documentation should contain details of how the freeholder is able to act.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


      Thank you for your response. very helpful. we have sorted the hmo bit as lease clearly does not allow it. but we were not sure about the part about letting to social housing tenants and how we can stop him from doing this.


        Better not to allow the flat be rented to social housing tenants.

        There is no control of the tenants who may be drug suppliers with customers getting fixed in the hall way. It damages the property values for the entire block.


          Gordon999 thank you. fully agreed. although not sure how we can stop him from it. Will have a look at the lease again. Any pointers would be helpful.


            Originally posted by Ellam View Post
            Will have a look at the lease again. Any pointers would be helpful.
            The actual wording of any restrictions on use would be a good starting point


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