Surely, if we are defining 'a single private residence' as a home shared by a group of related sharers (ie a family), as opposed to a group of three or more unrelated sharers (by its nature an HMO, albeit not necessarily licensable), then I think HMOs do come into it. Unless HMOs are specifically prohbiited in the clauses relating to how the property may be let, I do not think they are necessarily out of the question.
Originally Posted by Lawcruncher
OP will indeed need to ask the freeholder to clarify this before turning his flat into a set for The Young Ones, however, I would not have defined the term 'single private residence' to mean the the same as LC in any case. I may be wrong, but I would have thought it meant:
single as in a single/joint contract - as opposed to the property being divided up into rooms rented on an individual contracts/separate leases
private as opposed to leased to local authority/council
residence as in someone's home, as opposed to commercial/ business premises, e.g a shop.
On the basis of the above interpretation, I would not assume a group of young professionals or students would be prohibited as long as they lived 'as a family group' i.e. shared the flat and all its facilities in a joint tenancy and were jointly responsible for the rent, bills, CT, rubbish disposal, etc. No locks on bedroom doors.
As any other tenant, they would also need to comply with other conditions of the lease (e.g. no pets, restricted hours for noise, etc) just as OP would if he lived there himself.
'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations