Hi everyone, I hope you're all well.
Here's my situation: Myself and 2 friends are looking to rent a flat in Kirkcaldy (a town of 50,000 in Fife) but we've met a huge stumbling block... the requirement of an HMO licence. When letting in Edinburgh as a student every flat I lived in had this as standard but where I live there are zero, and I mean zero flats with an HMO licence. There are only 3-5 properties which meet our criteria as it is and they seem to stay on the market for a good few months each.
We've racked our brains trying to find away around the rule but almost every option requires some bending off the rules:
1) Be upfront and honest (has lead to quite a few rejections, right up to moving day.)
2) Rent the flat as two tenants and don't declare the third, or say he's a guest.
3) Rent the flat with a relative instead of a third person. But the 3rd person will be living in his place.
Waiting hasn't worked as no properties appear to have HMO licences and honesty hasn't worked either.
We've been friends our whole lives and there's little chance of serious incident.
Could you please tell me which scenario (if any) currently happens and if you'd personally object if a 3rd person moved into a 3 bedroom flat if they're not on the lease.
I would appreciate any opinions/feedback because we're currently stuck between a rock and a hard place.