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A landlord has certain responsibilities when renting out a private property, many of which differ depending on the type of the property. Failure to meet these obligations may result in a fine or even prosecution. Previously, we discussed the unique obligations imposed upon landlords of HMOs and sole occupancies, this article will tackle the responsibilities of a landlord of a bedsit.
A bedsit is a form of accommodation made up of a single unit (typically one room) in a property with shared facilities. The unit will be a bedroom, perhaps even one with an en-suite toilet or a kitchenette, and will usually be rented out to individuals or couples. The person occupying the bedsit will share other facilities, such as a living room or bathroom, with other tenants in the same building. These other tenants will likely be occupying their own respective bedsits.
If a property comprises separate bedsits, and has 3 or more tenants who make up more than one “household”, then the property will be classified as an HMO. A household is basically a family unit; it can be made up of a person living on their own or a couple who live together. If the landlord of a bedsit is also the landlord of an HMO, then there will be an overlap of responsibilities. You can learn more about the differences between bedsits and HMOs here.
What responsibilities are imposed by law on a landlord of a bedsit?
Standard requirements at the start of a tenancy (license, right to rent, deposit):
State of the bedsit:
Extra obligations imposed on landlord if the bedsits are in a property which classifies as an HMO:
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