For a long time there has been a concern for residential landlords about their tenants working from home. The worry has been that by allowing the tenant to run a business from home the tenancy could evolve into one that was governed by the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 so that the tenant might gain automatic rights of renewal as provided by Part ll of that Act. The Housing Act 1988 permitted some home working so long as the tenancy was substantially for the purposes of providing the tenant with a home but there was always an anxiety as to when the line was crossed.
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