Renting out a flat for part of the year - realistic?

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    Renting out a flat for part of the year - realistic?

    I'm curious as to how viable or not my idea is. I would like to rent out a flat for part of the year and return to reside in it when it is not occupied.

    My job occupation is very flexible, the ideal scenario would be, rent to a student for 9/10 months of the year. My understanding is that such an arrangement could be desirable for many students, since they're not paying for the summer months when they could be away.

    Perhaps: But even if s21 is still available ( tories say they will abolish it..- but I don't believe a word they say these days...) - if tenant digs heels in and stays likely 7-8 months to get them out from serving notice...

    Would you have somewhere else to live if that happened?

    Done any training in landlord/tenant law? It's a minefield....
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


      Most students dont want a flat for one person, they want to share - how many people does your flat take? Dont rent to first years, they are not house trained and are more likely to drop out. Dont rent to anyone in the last year of their course, they may want to stay on when they graduate. Are you prepared to possibly find the place trashed?


        You can't have a residential let AND guarantee that the tenant will leave after a certain number of months.
        You might work that way without issue, but there simply isn't any way to guarantee that if you get an uncooperative tenant.

        Have you thought of holiday lets or AirBnb?
        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).


          If you look on you may find someone who wants a short term let - students on placements or one year course, temporary work contract for example. I have rented a room in my student house to a different student for 4 months whilst the original student is studying abroad.

          Of course, once in it may be difficult to remove someone who doesn't want to leave but, as all landlords are not rogue, all tenants are not trying to con the landlord.

          Good luck!


            In this world nothing can be said to be certain, exceptdeath and taxes,to quote Benjamin Franklin - but there are often ways to minimise risks. A second year student with a course that doesnt finish that year is probably going to be happy with a 10 month contract. Students on placements are also a very good idea.


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