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  • Holiday Lets

    Covenants

    Looking at purchasing a house to make a holiday let though just found out via solicitor the house has covenants on title stating-

    No trade or profession from the house

    Not to cause a nuisance to the neighbours

    Do you think this may cause me issues?

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    Would not imagine so since you're doing a holiday let. Those covenants are implying that they don't want the resident to run a business from the premises. 

    The second one is a bit obvious and probably doesn't even need stating because it would fall under anti social order anyway.
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    Saagar

    Disclaimer: I have no legal expertise nor am I a qualified advisor on any subject. A humble landlord using an open forum to exchange ideas and experiences. 

    I have a holiday let in Devon, which has the same covenant, and the other residents tried to claim it was a business, especially if you are going to claim business tax relief.

    My solicitor said it was 50/50 who would win.

    They have decided to review my right to let as a holiday let every 3 years. They managed to block the purchase of another property who wanted to use it for themselves and let out over the summer holidays. Worth taking advice.

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    Our house had the same covenant, and our solicitor wasn't completely happy about the idea of using it as a holiday home so we took the proactive route and contacted the building company who originally set the covenants and spoke to them. 

    They said it was just to stop people setting up noisy or messy businesses in or outside the houses and they were quite happy about a holiday home. 

    They wrote us an official letter saying they accepted the use during our ownership (which means none of the neighbours could ever complain to them about a 'business' use) and our solicitor was happy.  Our covenants were only written three years ago, so they were fairly easy to track down - older ones may be harder, but worth trying.

    Speaking of neighbours, I was a little worried that our neighbours would be upset by a holiday home, but our immediate neighbours couldn't be nicer and have taken contact details for us in case of emergency, and put our bins away after collection, things like that. 

    The people the other side of them were delighted too, they often have family come to the town to visit and think it's great that they will be able to stay a couple of doors away from them!  I really hope nothing upsets these great relationships...

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    Very much standard covenants that you find on many properties. Nothing to be concerned about .

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