Farmers Weekly Business Clinic: Rent arrears on holiday bungalows
A farmer owns a number of holiday bungalows, each of which is subject to a planning condition of a 28-day maximum stay rule.
One of the bungalows is let continually to the same family for seven months. But the family has decided to leave without having settled its debts, leaving the farmer out of pocket. He is also unsure whether the rent is still enforceable as the family has claimed the bungalow was let illegally.
In this month’s Business Clinic, Duncan Sigournay, partner and head of agriculture at Thrings, highlights the importance of clear contractual relationships between landlords and tenants, and considers the effect of the planning breach on the landlord’s ability to pursue the rent arrears.