Can a HMO landlord prevent their tenant from having visitors or overnight guests if there is no reference made to the issue in the tenancy agreement?
My partner is a HMO tenant and I occasionally stay at the property. The maximum I have stayed there for is 2 consecutive nights. I do not pay any rent (I.e. My partner is not subletting the property).
In the last week, the landlord has been present at the property for up to 6 hours a day, walking the hallways and sitting in the kitchen. I have been informed that she put a note out informing the tenants that any visits from guests must be logged with her beorehand! It seems clear that the landlord is paranoid about the room being sublet and so is spending a disproportionate amount of time at the property to ensure this is not the case.
As a landlord myself, I find this behaviour totally bizarre and possibly unlawful. The tenancy agreement states that the tenant should be able to enjoy quiet use of the property, and that the landlord can inspect at reasonable hours during the day. There is no mention of guests! Surely the landlord's behaviour, time spent at the property and time of day this occurs at is a breach of the terms of the agreement (on Saturday the landlord was at the property from 6pm to 11:30pm!).
Can the landlord legally impose this sort of restriction?
Thanks in advance for any help on this issue.