NHS Staff and Vacant Flats (Free Rent)

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10:48 AM, 25th March 2020
About 8 months ago

NHS Staff and Vacant Flats (Free Rent)

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NHS Staff and Vacant Flats (Free Rent)

We have 2 x 1 bedroom flats available in Skegness, near the hospital, we were going to sell them, but now want to offer them rent free to local NHS staff during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Has anyone done this and can anyone help with the type of agreement needed so as not to create a permanent tenancy?

We do hope to take them back and sell them at the end of the year, market conditions permitting!

Many thanks


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Mark Alexander

12:07 PM, 25th March 2020
About 8 months ago

Hi Tom

You will need to make sure that anybody who rents them does so on licence, like an AirBNB. The flats must not be their primary residence!

If the properties are furnished you may be able to let them directly to the hospital as a corporate let.

I suggest you do charge something, if only a pound a day, so that there is a contract.

I appreciate that you want to help but please be very careful to ensure you dong get yourself into a mess here. Also consider the potential for damages.

Please take legal advice from the likes of Landlord Action or Landlord Law, both of which are easy to find via a Google Search. We know both companies well, so please mention Property118 and refer them to this article.

This comment must not be regarded as advice.


18:33 PM, 26th March 2020
About 8 months ago

I agree - charge something like £30 per calendar month and don't take any deposit. Do a 12 months AST with a 6 months break clause. Your NHS tenants can leave at ant time and just pay any outstanding monthly rent which of course will be minimal if they want to leave before the fist 6 months is up.

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