Can a new HMO tenant be asked to take Covid test?

Can a new HMO tenant be asked to take Covid test?

10:09 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago 8

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I have just found a new tenant for a room in an HMO. The existing housemates have had a video call with him and are happy to have him as a housemate, but have said they would like him to have a Covid test.

I can’t find anything in the Government guidelines to require this.

Is it reasonable or legal to request he has a test?
Is it part of the “new normal”?
Is it something other landlords are doing?
If so how does it work logistically?

Many Thanks

Joanne



Comments

by Karen

10:33 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

I think that is over the top and even if you think the PCR test is correct, the person could get infected the day after.
PCR tests have been ruled defective in Portugal after being challenged by German tourists.
I cannot understand why young people are so afraid of this virus when it almost exclusively affects people over 80 with underlying health conditions.

by Prakash Tanna

10:38 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

I don' think you can legally ask or demand the incoming tenant has a Covid-19 test done. You can ask him to and suggest it would put the other tenants at ease if he did, but that's about as far as you could go. There is no legislation that I am aware of that allows you to insist on it. I think that would infringe their human rights. Crazy times !!!

As already pointed out, one can get infected at any moment in time. On the way back from the test centre for example on public transport, so the test has no value in this situation.

I would ask that they have no symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms in the last 7 days and check they have not recently returned from a trip abroad.

by Marlena Topple

10:52 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

The incoming tenant is more at risk from the other tenants as there are more of them. I assume they are not offering to take the test. I feel asking all the sensible questions about symptoms, contact with infected people etc should suffice. I had a similar situation and just made sure that the new and the existing tenant knew to observe good hygiene measures and had all the supplies they needed in terms of cleaning equipment.

by Nettie Osborne

11:03 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

I agree with all the comments plus as far as I am aware you can only obtain a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms or pay privately!

by Dancinglandlord

11:42 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Question Everything at 19/01/2021 - 11:03Hi I just clicked the link to your doctors alliance link. In the introductory paragraph it states:
it is clear that at no point was the National Health Service (NHS) in any danger of being overwhelmed, and since May 2020 covid wards have been largely empty; and crucially the death toll from covid has remained extremely low.
I am somewhat bemused that you still believe this group to have any credibility? I would say that they are irresponsible in peddling these views.
I personally know people with newly diagnosed cancer who have been refused treatment due to the pressures on the NHS and risk of transmission to vulnerable patients.

by Olls63

11:51 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Question Everything at 19/01/2021 - 11:03
I too clicked on this link.
Of the 1st 4 people on the about page;
1 has been suspended by the BMA for saying Covid is a hoax
1 has been asked to step down from an EU scientific committee due to saying Vitamin C is all you need
1 has been arrested at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park
Probably best to fact check things!
And as for claiming the World Doctors Alliance is a good source....................I think Property118 members will come to their own conclusion on that!

by Prakash Tanna

11:56 AM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Question Everything at 19/01/2021 - 11:03
i too clicked on the link and got as far as ... it is clear that at no point was the National Health Service (NHS) in any danger of being overwhelmed ..... at which point I closed the page and dismissed those views are total rubbish.

by terry sullivan

15:35 PM, 19th January 2021, About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Karen at 19/01/2021 - 10:33
also ruled against in roi and austria?


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