A permitted occupier has permission to live in the property with the tenant/s however they do not have the same rights or responsibilities as the tenant.
A permitted occupier does not pay rent and is not responsible for any bills but also if the tenant ends the tenancy the permitted occupier must also leave the property.
Types of permitted occupier are usually
- The partner of the tenant who does not work or stays over often
- The child of the tenant who is over 18 years old
- The older relative of the tenant who they are caring for
Landlords should be aware that permitted occupiers do count towards the number of people living in the property when it is defined as a HMO.
Landlords legally must always do Right to Rent checks on the permitted occupier before signing the agreement as with a standard tenant.