HMO AST or LA

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Hi,

I run 3 HMO's of 6 rooms and currently use a LA (Licence Agreement) rather than an AST.

This was initially recommended to me a few years back although I believe the situation has changed now.

Given that we sometimes have tenants who may only stay 2-3 months how is it practical to use an AST given that the minimum term of an AST is 6 months? And 2 months notice is a long time if a tenant is being a general pest but is still paying their rent etc.

My understanding is that a LA won't hold up in court if it is shown that the tenant had exclusive use of the room - is there any reasonable way of not granting exlcusive use of the room?

So questions are:

1) Is it possible to use a LA anymore - is it clear cut or is it still open for interpretation?

2) Is there any way to get any additional flexibility when using an AST in circumstances such as this.

Thanks,

Jules

23/11/2006 00:00

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