An applicant for our flat is a psychotherapist. He lives and works away from our city but wishes to use our flat as a pied a terre in our city, while he looks for a new main home and moves into that. He proposes to to see 5-6 clients per day at our flat for a maximum of two days a week.
Our headlease states that the flat must be used only as a single private residential flat and for no other purpose whatsoever. I have written to the freeholder to ask if they would give consent for such a home business.
There are 20 or more residential flats in the block and there is an office on the ground floor.
The applicant suggests that the freeholder of our block can’t unreasonably withhold (written) permission for us to issue him with an AST unless his business requires a change of mortgage, or would significantly increase wear and tear to the property or would cause a nuisance to the occupants of neighbouring properties.
- Is he correct, please?
After buying his new home and moving in to that, if he continued to use our flat for the business but no longer stayed in it, would we be in trouble?
Can you see any other pitfalls?