Tenants demand access to bedroom without paying for it

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    #16
    Depends if it is on the check-in inventory or not (I think)
    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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      #17
      I thought it was Shroedinger furniture, not something that the tenants had actually seen. (Think cats.)

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        #18
        I think this is a question for a lawyer.

        The point about the council tax position (by exclusion, have you created effectively two dwellings for council tax purposes?) and is the tenants demise banded too high (it is irrelevant that you believe they are all exempt) is a highly technical one.

        I would be inclined to just unlock it, though I acknowledge you have just refurbished it.

        Do the existing leases allow you to introduce a fourth T? Doing so (yourself, say) may be one option.

        Then there is the point of whether the agent has a liability or has breeched a duty....

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          #19
          Still only one property for council tax purposes, simply closing off a room won't alter the banding in this case, but as the tenants do not rent the whole property it becomes a council tax HMO and the landlord is liable for the council charge (which in real terms can be a nil charge if they're all students).
          Previously served 10 years as a council tax advisor with a local authority but now self-employed with my own council tax consultancy.

          If your local authority disagrees with any aspects of your council tax claim, as they are free to do so, a Valuation Tribunal appeal may be required.

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