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Resident Landlord (Two Types)

  • Resident landlord 1
  • A property let where the landlord is also resident.  Also known as Live in landlord.  This is governed by different rules compared with the normal AST.
  • The tenant has little security of tenure and can be evicted with minimal reasonable notice with minimal power of the courts to intervene.
  • There is no formal 'notice to quit' - the landlord is entitled to regain possession of his /her property.
  • Some foreign students prefer resident landlords as this encourages cultural communication and sharing and can benefit those nervous of sharing with other tenants.
  • Others prefer their privacy and to be left alone in a non-resident landlord home to socialise as they wish without having to consider the landlords views.
  • There are significant tax advantages for resident landlords - up to a certain threshold of income circa £5k pa is ignored by HRMC when calculating tax via annual tax returns.
  • Residential landlords can also describe landlords who rent property to residents in homes; as opposed to a commercial landlords who rent shops and offices to business people.  Similarly the term residential sector describes areas where people live occupying homes as residents.
  • Private sector landlords rent to the general public.
  • Public sector landlords (e.g. housing associations and councils) provide social housing, normally via a points system of perceived vulnerabilities and urgent needs: e.g. children and those facing homelessness.
  • Resident landlord 2
  • Another type of resident landlord relates to payment of UK tax- they are entirely different concepts.
  • A Landlord resident in the UK for less than 6 months pa is unlikely to be a UK resident for tax purposes and may thus be subject to tax at source on rental income collected by letting agents.

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Published: 11 November 2013 Last Updated: 13 January 2022