Lodger agreement vs HMO

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    Lodger agreement vs HMO

    Can lodger agreement(s) be used in these circumstances....

    Three-bed flat purchased and being lived in by purchaser's son who is at university in Scotland and living in property for majority of the year. Can the two spare bedrooms be let out using Lodger Agreement? Or should the property be viewed as an HMO.

    Are there any specifics about who should receive the rent?

    Also if all occupants are students are they all exempt from council tax?

    First post and just trying to understand what constitutes an HMO and how to avoid it if possible.

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    by Bobthebiker
    Hi all appreciate your opinions on this one from the highland council I seen today as I happen to have a property Up there that will be tenant less from Saturday I guess the devil will be in the detail of the draft lease Residential leasing scheme

    We want to increase the number of houses we...
    22-06-2020, 18:20 PM
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    by Bobthebiker
    I think It probably does Apply here ,there’s not a lot of details up yet On the council web site but they make reference To hotel workers etc made homeless because they were in tied accommodation and they also want to utilise empty air B and B property’s Sounds like there Trying to prepare for a...
    24-06-2020, 09:57 AM
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    by royw
    I don't know if it applies here but there seems to be a push to accomodate the homeless who were housed during lockdown and PRS was mentioned. Some will be foreign nationals not entitled to housing benefit, others will have been on the streets because they're drug addicts or alcoholics.
    24-06-2020, 08:22 AM
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    by Bobthebiker
    Ok thanks for that section I will see what the council are actually offering and take it from there. most tenants stay a year with 18 months being the longest with voids of a few months in between each lease probably because of my caution towards potential tenants, so far I have been lucky and they...
    23-06-2020, 12:38 PM
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    by Section20z
    I think that would depend on your deal, boilers are indeed excluded on mine and they insist on GCH cover but they guarantee to return property in same condition so I assume they replace kitchen if needed.
    I do know they fully redecorated one of mine last year between tenants but to be honest...
    23-06-2020, 10:25 AM
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    by Sheena McQ
    Best advice is don’t get yourself into something you can’t get yourself out of. If you want rid of the responsibility, get an estate agent to market for sale, let the looming landlords buy it if they’re so sure what they’re selling you is such a good deal.
    22-06-2020, 22:46 PM
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    by Bobthebiker
    When you say all repairs are we talking big ticket items like boilers etc with no cost to me, is It effectively run as One of there own social housing stock then, would the council replace the kitchen say in ten years as they would with there own properties, There’s nothing To dislike about Rent...
    22-06-2020, 22:36 PM
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    by Section20z
    I have 2 properties let to local authority's on similar schemes down south for about ten years. They do all repairs and pay rent on time with no voids. What's not to like....
    22-06-2020, 21:41 PM
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    by baldelectrician
    Several local councils do that in my area.

    I have known 3 landlords that used it and they had no problems with it

    Our local council also buy homes back for about market value under certain circumstances.

    Remember there is no right to buy in Scotland any more.
    22-06-2020, 20:25 PM
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    by Bobthebiker
    It first popped up on my Facebook for sum reason artfull but if you put highland council lease your property Into google the top result Will take you to there page , I could be wrong but I thought it was Something new in response to the COVID situation, When you did it were you the landlord as they...
    22-06-2020, 19:51 PM
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