15:03 PM, 15th March 2018, About 5 years ago 2
Basically the question is in the title, can I add a new tenant to an existing AST or do I need to give them a new agreement.
Just a bit of background, I have had an unmarried couple living in a three bedroomed house for about five years. In that time they have accrued three children. He has worked casually in low paid jobs, they have claimed whatever benefits have been available.
Rental payments have been erratic usually paid from a combination of LHA and his earnings.
Shortly after Christmas the female partner left.
In January (two months ago) I gave the remaining male tenant a new 6month AST in his name.
With three young children his LHA will easily cover the rent on the property so it would be simpler if he did not work. He has submitted a new claim for LHA which has not yet been approved, apparently they are waiting for details of child tax credits and complicated because he is still doing occasional casual work.
He has now asked me can a male relative move in with him and can I put him on the tenancy agreement. This new tenant is unemployed and can also claim LHA.
So can I amend an existing AST or give them a new tenancy agreement in both names?
Or, as an afterthought, can the new tenant be in some way treated as a lodger, as if he is renting a room from the existing tenant.
In which case what sort of agreement would he need for LHA, would it suffice if I gave him letter acknowledging that he has taken in a lodger who is contributing to the rent.
Why do tenants lead such complicated lives???
Any comment welcome,