I have a 5 Bed house with individual tenancies for each room. Gradually we are regaining possession of the house (for reasons already explained in an email) and we now have 2 vacant rooms. One of the tenants still in the property has a further 4 1/2 months remaining of a 6 months fixed term (new ASP commenced 3 October 17). She would like to move to one of the other rooms which is a bit better than hers and we are happy with this as her room needs decorating. Our contractor is not able to redecorate her room until early Feb about the time when we will be issuing her with a Section 21. The tenant is aware of all this and is happy to move into the other room on a ‘temporary’ basis if necessary until her room is decorated and then move back for the remaining notice period.
However, we would be quite happy for her to remain in the new room for the remainder of her tenancy if it doesn’t affect our ability to serve her notice on 4 Feb. My concern is – would we be starting a new 6 month AST if we move her to another room on anything other than a temporary basis?
Would it be possible to just re-number the rooms as her tenancy refers to Room no.4 – can we call the new room no 4 and leave her in there until the end of her notice period in April, or is this likely to leave us vulnerable to challenge if things ever turn nasty (we don’t predict this but equally have learned to be cautious).