Saturday, November 11, 2006

Occupancy Flat?

Second home/flat owners are blamed for many of the problems faced by some Swanage folk. It seems to me a great pity that many of these absentee landlords are precluded from letting their accommodation to holiday makers because of strict terms outlawing sub letting in their leases. Should such clauses be outlawed?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

nick you will suffer the wrath of those who think letting out of property is easy this is just one of the many many reasons some 2nd proerty owners dont lease them out, its a fact that a lot of flats etc still carry this covenant. some ex local authority house have evn more convenats on them

Anonymous said...

Surely with all the assaults on the rights of property owners we have read about here its the thin end of wedge to demand a reduction in a freeholder's right to put whatever restrictions he sees fit in a lease. Presumably everyone reads the lease and takes legal advice before they buy it so its a bit rich to complain afterwards.

Anonymous said...

Is it?
Needs change, the Law remains static.

Anonymous said...

Even when the tenants collectively own the freehold a few permanent residents can prevent the majority of second home owners doing something which would benefit the Town.

Anonymous said...

Thats an interesting line of argument. A lease is a contract, its not a piece of law. The law does not stipulate what a landlord puts into a lease about subletting. You are saying that one of the parties to the contract should be able to alter it, against the will of the other, in order to benefit a third party, in this case the town in general, that had no part in drawing up the original lease.

If you grant someone a lease whats wrong with you deciding that its a lease for them and subsequent assignees to live there and not to use it as a holiday lets business?

Anonymous said...

im all for restrictions on holiday homes, but in a lot of cases you can let to holiday makers but not to people who want to live permanelty ie 6 month leases I have tried and been hamstrung

Anonymous said...

I spent my 20's that way.
Winter let, followed by short term let etc.
15 different addresses in 10 years.
I don't think it hurt me, and in those days I could have afforded to buy.

Keith Roker said...

This thread shows how few rights a leaseholder has, but on the other hand it seems unfair to deprive the owner of a property of the right to decide who he will allow to live there.