Need to make necessary Covid impacted improvements to HMO property, with only occupied tenants
Possession - Section 8 and Section 21

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2 months ago

I have a property which was initially let to one person as a family who subsequently sub-let it and was designated an HMO by Lewisham Council.

I took over the direct management in October 2019, fulfilling the contracts of the previous Tenant.

All of except one of those initial tenants whom I have taken over, have not left, and I have decided not to take on any mew tenants, in order to improve the amenities in the house, particularly given the fact that it only has one bathroom which is not healthy arrangement nor an attractive proposition from a renting perspective.

At present the remaining single occupant, whose lease ends today, does not want to leave and insisting that i should find other tenants in the same configuration, despite my explanations to them that the work is necessary avoid being health risks and as wel as not being an interesting proposition to other potential renters.

The house needs more amenities, as well as other improvements.

I am left therefore with a situation where i am paying all the costs for heating, water, services, council charges etc, which are significantly above the rent which I receive from one occupant.

The government in their infinite wisdom has brought in these legislative changes which do not take into consideration people such as myself that has one or two properties that is their main source of income and cannot subsidize this social costs provision from my small pension, which I have had to drawn on early, to meet the costs of these outgoings, or sell the property.

Since i cannot continue to service all the costs while one tenant enjoys the privilege of living along in a four bedroom two reception house, I may be forced to sell my long term-retirement provision, since I cannot wait another six months subsidising the costs of one tenant, especially during the winter months.

So i am seeking some direction as to what I can do and the appropriate notices that I can issue.

Kind regards



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