@suzanne There are no statements about certain people. However, I assume that Abi has been confused by the LL who operate HMO with so-called licenses. We all now know that they are not valid. These are in fact leases and this recognition by the Commission necessitated the use of S21 or S8. The Commission would be right if the LL were not at home. An LL can have as many houses as he likes, and have lodges in each of them; he must be at home at least once a month, even if only to meet the requirements of home insurance. But it may not have BTL mortgages on residential real estate and would need the lender`s permission to have tenants. Very few Resi lenders allow more than two tenants. I guess that is the problem. It is common knowledge that the licensing or tenant system is abused by those who, say, are not from the traditional British stock of 80 years ago!! These are the areas where illegal immigrants are more likely to congregate and, in any event, where the licensing system is misused. If councils encounter such circumstances, it is their assertion that S21 and S8 should be used, where it is clear that the occupants are false tenants and are in fact tenants. Many bad LL villains try to pull the wool out at innocent tenants by saying they are tenants, which means fewer rights.
This is what I suspect to happen with a lot of naïve tenants. It is not their fault that they do not know what their rights are, and many LL take advantage of this ignorance. I see how the government has distorted itself to clarify any perceived ambiguity, and I think Govt will introduce mandatory papers so that tenants can inform them of their rights. That would be pretty good in my book. Tenants should be sure of their status on paper. Maybe there should be a formal agreement from Govt Lodger that should be used for each tenant. I don`t think it would be intrusive. When a landlord accepts a tenant, a gas certificate is required. I wonder how many landlords with tenants have gas certificates!? Perhaps an instruction book for tenants, similar to that of tenants, should be issued. I think tenants are becoming an increasingly popular form of mandate, as the AST market is drying up as an LL exit from this AST market.
Tenants deserve to be explained their rights by formal documents. In 2017, the Scottish Government introduced a new type of rental housing, private residential rent. This lease replaced the old AST leases and was used for all new leases created on or after December 1, 2017. You can then change the locks in your tenant`s rooms, even if you have left their belongings there. You have to give them back their belongings. The easiest way to encourage landlords to open their ancillary premises to tenants is to eliminate all tenants` income.