The RTB remit does not extend to:
- tenancies in local authority housing.
- holiday letting agreements.
- the Rent a Room scheme.
- if a tenant lives with the spouse, parent or child of the landlord and there is no written letting agreement in place.
- if the property has been let through AirBNB (an online residential accommodation booking service).
Typically most licence arrangements do not come under the remit of the RTB. Please note that because a licence is named as such, it does not necessarily mean it is not operating as a tenancy for the purposes of the RTB.
A licence is usually said to exist where a person is:
- Staying in a hotel, guesthouse, hostel.
- Sharing with the owner in Rent a Room / digs / college properties.
- Staying in rented accommodation at the invitation of the tenant.
There is a formal licence agreement where the owner is not resident, not entitield to exclusive use and has contining access to the accommodation.
The law gives a licencee the right to request the landlord to allow him / her to become a tenant provided:
- He/she is in lawful occupation of the dwelling.
- A tenancy is in place for at least six months.