A friend and I just moved into a 2 double-bed flat on a Assured Shorthold Tenancy, and are looking to bring my flatmate’s boyfriend into the flat as an extra tenant, as he has just found a job where we live. While viewing the property, my flatmate’s brother (who viewed the property) asked if this would be possible, and was told that he could be added, and the rent would be unaffected – we would not have signed if they had said no at this point.
Our letting agency have now said that this would not be possible, for two reasons:
The landlord does not think there is “suitable space” for three people to live in the flat (the flat has a decent sized living area and 2 double bedrooms, as stated)
To include three people would mean applying for a HMO licence, costing ~£500 (this could be added to our rent, if necessary)
Based on this, can we 1)contest the landlord’s/letting agency’s decision to add a tenant? 2)get out of the tenancy as we were led to believe there was prior consent to add a tenant?
Thanks in advance.