Council issues Homestay reminder

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Social housing tenants in Douglas are being reminded that under the terms of their tenancy agreement they are required to obtain the council’s written consent if they wish to provide visitor accommodation under the Homestay scheme.

The requirement also applies to tenants wishing to take in lodgers.

The term ‘lodger’ is defined as ‘any person other than a spouse/partner or dependent child/children who take up residency at the address over and above any reasonable temporary visit, for example, over four weeks in duration.’

Housing committee chairman David Ashford said: ‘Under most circumstances, permission will be granted, subject to the size of the property, the tenant registering with the Homestay operator and remaining in residence for the duration of the Homestay period.

‘The council is pleased to support the Homestay scheme; we view it as an effective way of encouraging more people to the Island and helping to boost the Manx visitor economy.’

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