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    Short term tenancy

    I have a two bedroom bungalow within 10 minutes walk of a major hospital.

    I am thinking about contacting the hospital to see if they have any staff who need to have somewhere to stay, if members of their family need to self isolate. The property would be professionally deep cleaned before anyone entered. Viewings would be done by video.

    No deposit would be required.

    Thinking about maybe charging £150-£200 per month, just to cover bills.

    How would this fall under the law, and any insurance implications I need to consider?.

    Meg.


    #2
    Why put yourself at financial risk? Remember no good deed goes unpunished

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      #3
      Definitely not worth taking the risk. Unfortunately the law has been designed in a way that makes sensible things and good deeds impossible. If you want to donate money to good causes, you should do that instead.

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        #4
        Nice to see you trying to help, I'm sure someone with a vulnerable relative will be grateful. I don't know the answer but perhaps investigate a holiday let. Maybe the hospital can help, they may have done this before. Someone else has posted a similar question, if you find the answer could you post it on here?

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          #5
          I believe that your proposal would not create an AST because it would not be the occupier's main residence.

          If you proceed, you need to take that into consideration with your agreement and any notices served.

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            #6
            Originally posted by MdeB View Post
            I believe that your proposal would not create an AST because it would not be the occupier's main residence.

            If you proceed, you need to take that into consideration with your agreement and any notices served.
            It would still be extraordinarily risky though. In general having a tenant state at the outset "I have a house elsewhere at this point in time" does not prevent an AST from being created at that time or at some other time, more particularly so when legislation changes, and can be retrospective (I did not sign tenancy agreements which say that rent can be deferred or not paid, nor did I price these agreements on that basis).

            By the way, the whole concept of a "professional deep clean" as a method of virus removal (when the virus will be long dead anyway) is a joke and a con.

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              #7
              Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post

              It would still be extraordinarily risky though.
              Possibly not as risky as you suggest, particularly if the let were to the local NHS trust.

              But I would want legal guidance from an experienced landlord and tenant specialist lawyer to protect my position.

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