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    • Quicklite
    • By Quicklite 16th Mar 17, 2:20 AM
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    Renting query
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    • 16th Mar 17, 2:20 AM
    Renting query 16th Mar 17 at 2:20 AM
    Looking to rent a place as I would like to have my own space. Would appreciate some tips on renting a place.

    The flat I'm looking at is an unfurnished with 3 bedrooms in the town centre (quite small). I have been doing a bit PC repair on the side. And I'd like to keep doing this. It's just me getting sent a PC, I repair it (at least try), then get the courier picks it up. I'm not sure where I stand in terms of asking for permission / from the landlord.

    I'd like to use one of the bedroom as a "mini warehouse" - (it's just a few card board boxes afterall, probably stacked - though tidy - like what people have in their attic). I'd rather be upfront about it where possible, so they (or the landlord) don't walk into a room of boxes one day to their surprise. Keen to not say too much as I'd still like the landlord is open to considering my application.

    There isn't any other residential flat nearby / so delivery won't disrupt too much. There is parking right behind; other locals will get deliveries - so it won't be odd.

    Just wanted to explore this option too. Would be grateful if someone could add some comments.
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    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 16th Mar 17, 2:15 PM
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    There will probably be a clause in the rental contract to say that you can't run a business from the flat. If there is that means that you can't run a business from the flat.
    • Tyler119
    • By Tyler119 16th Mar 17, 2:34 PM
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    I think the clauses are generally to discourage tenants from running the sort of business that causes disruption to neighbours. Sounds to me like there would be no more disruption than if you were receiving and sending back amazon parcels.

    There is a clause in my house deeds about not running a business from my house. I believe it was originally put into deeds to stop house owners from say running a car repair service from their driveway.

    Fixing computers is somewhat different. I would not mention it at all. You can have as many boxes in the property as you want (as long as it is not a fire hazard) and no one can demand to know what it is in them.
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    • By LEJC 16th Mar 17, 2:48 PM
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    I think the clauses are generally to discourage tenants from running the sort of business that causes disruption to neighbours.
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    not always....sometimes there is a genuine reason that the clause is inserted into tenancy agreements.

    As it is the LL who is responsible for buildings insurance there is generally a question in that application that asks about the running of a business at the property.....by ticking the box this can substantially increase the premium...hence many LL's would rather their tenants did not operate a business through the property.

    If you were to run a business,its likely that you may be in breach of your tenancy agreement but also be invalidating the LL's buildings insurance

    If you intend to continue your enterprise whilst in rented accommodation,please do so with the LL's full knowledge and permission.
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    • By ognum 16th Mar 17, 3:30 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:30 PM
    The problem for LL when letting flats comes from the Lease they agree to when they buy the property.

    Leases sometimes have clauses on running businesses, keeping pets, using communal facilities at and the LL has no influence to change these.

    Check with the LL what is allowed under their lease terms.
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    • By G_M 16th Mar 17, 3:33 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:33 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 3:33 PM
    The terms of the landlord's lease, and the terms of the property insurance policy are both good reasons why a business might not be allowed.
    • Quicklite
    • By Quicklite 16th Mar 17, 10:21 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 10:21 PM
    Thanks for the good points people. Went for a viewing today. Really liked it. Will followup tomorrow and gently brush on it with the estates agent. LL owns the retail unit underneath too I think (so it might be a case of more rent).
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