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    Hi we have a customer who has enquired about renting the house she previously lived in with her ex-husband they have a child aged 16. The rent is not un-reasonable

    The problem is that obviously the answer would be a no – but ….. the child has cystic fibrosis and the house has been adapted (not so much for mobility – but new plaster work etc to reduce dust).

    The ex has no claim on the house and this has been confirmed by solicitors. I do not believe this to be contrived…. but I am still questioning the legality behind the decision due to the landlord being the father.

    Any advice greatly received

    John Boxall

    It’s specifically excluded Reg 9(1)(d)

    (1) A person who is liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling shall be treated as if he were not so liable where—……………
    d) he is responsible, or his partner is responsible, for a child of the person to whom he is liable under the agreement;

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield


    Not a “child” – see Reg 2 definition. Reg 9(1)(d) doesn’t apply here.


    not eligible under reg 9(1)(c) – renting a former joint home from an ex-partner

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