Single AST tenant has his GF teaching in the flat.

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    Single AST tenant has his GF teaching in the flat.

    A never ending story with the tenant bringing up new challenges to contend with.
    The tenant has an AST with only his name on it and a guarantor linked to it.
    Although I suspected there to be someone 2nd there when ever I attended to the issues I never thought I would be facing this one.
    Last week the tenant reported the no hot water. So to diagnose it I wanted to attend the flat. I gave him to attend Fri. because that was the next day I could go. He txt'd me saying do not attend because his GF is teaching all day and could do without any disturbance.

    How do I deal with this issue. Ignore it or quote the AST terms to point out that it has been broken.

    #2
    Does tenancy prohibit other occupants or using it for work please?

    Serve s8g12 if it does and s21 asap
    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...

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      #3
      Depends what she is teaching if I were to take notice. If its a few maths lessons each week, I wold let it go. If it's trumpet lessons for 20 hours a week - different story. Are they good tenants otherwise?

      That is how they make money to pay rent.

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        #4
        Maybe it's 'French Lessons'.

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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Does tenancy prohibit other occupants or using it for work please?

          Serve s8g12 if it does and s21 asap
          It allows friends to stay over two nights at time, so I guess open to Q's.
          AST doesn't allow business as we know it. I will keep an open mind.

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            #6
            Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
            Depends what she is teaching if I were to take notice. If its a few maths lessons each week, I wold let it go. If it's trumpet lessons for 20 hours a week - different story. Are they good tenants otherwise?

            That is how they make money to pay rent.
            I guess like you said if it is be few hours a week won't hurt and they need to pay their rent. The tenant is student who has taken a year out to work in London. Low waged so I guess he needs extra money.
            The rent is always on time and no hassle no ASBO etc so far, that is why I am in a dilemma. No words have been exchanged so far. Just wanted to get some tips if I decide to talk to them or not.


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              #7
              I would do very little about the work depending. But they cannot prevent you visiting to sort repairs

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                #8
                I would take a slightly different view. I think that ignoring this sends the wrong signal about concern for the flat and the rules and I would ask questions about why his girlfriend is using the flat in this way and whether she is also living there. Assuming the flat is leasehold, what does the lease say about using the flat for anything other than residential purposes? You should be aware, however, that asking questions like this means you have to follow through. If the girlfriend is living there you probably then have to do a Right to Rent check on her. If she is working at the flat you will have to decide what you're going to do about it. I am happy for my tenants to work at the flat as long as they don't see clients there or use the address in marketing material. Having a succession of students there would not be something I would allow. I'm not sure whether the insurance would cover it for one thing but it would also increase wear and tear on the property.

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                  #9
                  I'm probably half way between the two positions.

                  I don't really have an issue with there being lessons conducted, but if work needs doing, the objections of someone who isn't even a tenant who's working in a residence don't mean much either.
                  So I'd take that up with the tenant.
                  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).

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                    #10
                    DPT57,

                    This is a share of freehold so letting is ok for here but I will not allow sub-letting so no unknown people are allowed to stay.

                    Thanks for pointing out the insurance part of the deal. This I should have said is a studio flat so already constricted space. So yes the insurance will not look at it favourably and it could invalidate any claim if they find out about it. People coming in need to be my main concern how do I know who they are and if fire was to break out and someone gets stuck in God forbid.

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                      #11
                      Being a share of freehold may not protect you from breaching a lease condition if the other joint freeholders decided to press the point.

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