Can I legally have four tenants on a joint and severally liable AST agreement or is it an HMO?Make Text Bigger
Currently I have two unrelated tenants who are friends on a joint and severally liable AST Agreement. This ends in January 2016. One tenant wishes to leave.
The other wishes to start a new tenancy with three friends, one of whom is single and the other a couple. Thus in the 3 bed, 3 story mid terrace house two bedroom will have one person each in and one bedroom will have a couple.
At first I just assumed that I could organize a new joint tenancy for all 4 friends who want to share. Now I have seen some references to new regulations about Houses in Multiple Occupation – for example a blog by Tessa Shepperson saying that any 3 unrelated tenants will probably equal an HMO.
If this is the case I will have to tell the current tenant that I cannot accept a new agreement based on four people sharing as I don’t want to deal with an HMO. This would be a pity as she is a good tenant. I have searched for information about definitions of HMOs since Oct 2015 but cannot find anything.
Can anyone help?
Many thanks indeed for any input!
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