Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

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Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

12:40 PM, 5th March 2020
About a month ago

Definitive answer on live-in landlord status?

Reply to the comment left by Frederick Morrow-Ahmed at 05/03/2020 - 12:32
As for OP's original query I believe that if she goes abroad temporarily to work and this is her ONLY or MAIN residence and she keeps her room and belongings there then this in itself does not change the status of the people living there. Whether they are tenants or lodgers will depend on whether they have exclusive rights to their rooms as well as sharing all facilities with her.... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

12:32 PM, 5th March 2020
About a month ago

Definitive answer on live-in landlord status?

Reply to the comment left by JB at 05/03/2020 - 12:19
5 or more is mandatory licensing
3-4 is additional licensing if council has it in place and their definition. So if council does not have additional licensing or their definition is 4 then OP is right if she only has 3... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

12:04 PM, 5th March 2020
About a month ago

Definitive answer on live-in landlord status?

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 05/03/2020 - 10:26
a) 1 lodger with live-in LL is definitely fine and you qualify for a rent-a-room allowance. Agreed. Also no CGT
b) 2 lodgers with live-in LL also not HMO and you qualify for a rent-a-room allowance that can be set off against rent. But now face CGT
c) 3 lodgers with live-in LL could fall into HMO depending on council. I think there is a choice, rent-a-room allowance can be set off against rent or submit income expenditure account as for normal lettings. Face CGT... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

10:25 AM, 5th March 2020
About a month ago

Definitive answer on live-in landlord status?

First of all, you say that you have lodgers in your house and the fourth bedroom is yours. If this implies that you have more than two lodgers then in many councils’ jurisdictions you will have created a licensable HMO. I would suggest you check your own council’s licensing rules.

To the separate topic of whether your lodgers are lodgers or tenants that is a complicated issue. Strictly speaking, if your lodgers have no exclusive rights to their rooms, ie no keys to their rooms, and they share all facilities with you such as kitchen and bathroom then they are lodgers. This is irrespective of what kind of agreement you have with them. The courts will look at the actual facts on the ground.

As to what happens when you go temporarily abroad for work but leaving all your belongings in your house, I would hazard a guess that you are still considered a resident landlord assuming that this is your only or main residence. This would be particularly true if you were to periodically visit, say on weekends (if your work was across the channel in continental Europe).

However, this may impact on your non-residence status for tax purposes and I am wondering if this is the six month rule you are worried about (180+ days out of the country, etc).

This is my understanding of the situation, so not definitive legal advice!... Read More

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

10:16 AM, 3rd March 2020
About a month ago

Rent controls might appear attractive but they would be a disaster

Vote Shaun Bailey, the Conservative mayoral candidate. The present mayor has been a dead loss. He has no powers to impose rent controls but has failed abysmally in those areas where he does have powers.... Read More