Definition of ‘single household’?

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9:07 AM, 20th June 2017
About 2 years ago

Definition of ‘single household’?

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Definition of ‘single household’?

The head lease on a 2-bedroom flat that I rent out says: ‘Not to use or suffer to be used the Demised Premises for any purpose whatsoever other than as a private residence for occupation by a single household . . . ‘ Due to problem with some lettings, particularly those involving students, the management company are saying that they will now enforce this clause, meaning that no flat can be occupied by two or more ‘friends’.

This makes letting a 2-bedroom flat in an area where the overseas student market is the primary one somewhat problematical because I could presumably let only to a couple (whether married or not) or to two people who are related.

What is the definition of a single household in relation to a lease?

Many thanks




Alan Bromley

10:01 AM, 22nd June 2017
About 2 years ago

Thank you William, this is very helpful. The lease does not define what it means by a 'single household' (nor does it reference the Housing Act) so the freehold company would have to argue its case on the basis of case law presumably. To Yvonne's comment, the landlord can't define what they mean by the term outside of the lease and while they have stated that 'two friends sharing' is not allowed, this seems to make the letting of a 2-bedroom flat impossible except for a couple who want to pay the extra to have a spare room.

No one has yet said that they have addressed this issue in court, which would be interesting. I am loathe to sell the flat so will sit tight for now and see how things pan out.

Chris Houghton

14:53 PM, 21st July 2017
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Alan Bromley" at "22/06/2017 - 10:01":

The overall conclusion seems to be that it is unenforceable as there is no clear definition. I think that Alan has the same property management company as myself in the same location. They are trying to stop students living on the development, although a member of the residents association has quoted that students are not excluded, if this is enforced, it will be impossible to let to a couple unless they are in a relationship. How do you ask that question to potential tenants?

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