The first thing to note is that if someone sleeps over, don’t imagine that it’s OK as long as they are paying rent elsewhere.
Having recently joined RSVP, naturally DH’s first thought was to get HNSW’s approval for any romantic developments that might ensue.
DH rang the HNSW Tenants Hotline, and in the first instance was immensely relieved to hear that it would not be necessary to invite her CSO to chaperone the first date.
However, the call centre advised that should a guest stay for more than 3 weeks, the department must be notified. Further, to be "on the safe side" it is advisable to let the Dept know after two weeks.
Scratching around for a loophole DH then posed the following question, not mincing any words: “But, what if, say, you have a lover, and you send them home for just one night every 3 weeks for a shower and a shave?”.
Back came the answer to gladden the giddiest romantic's heart: “Legally, that is acceptable”.
But DH’s fantasy of languorous Chateau Houso days lengthening into weeks didn’t last long. And not only because she’s never had any luck whatsoever with RSVP (where desperate housos are not in great demand…)
For that's when the thought struck!
Running this past a lawyerly acquaintance with some familiarity with the Housing Act, DH came down to earth with a walloping thud.
Yes, opined the lawyerly type, it may be legally true, but if you have a malicious neighbour say, and they dob you in, guess what? You will not be presumed innocent until proven guilty. No, you have to prove your innocence. In the case of the Family Kaphoops next door, it might be their word against yours.
Ah yes, you ask, but what about the Tribunal, the CTTT, surely they will declare on the side of love?
Well maybe. But HNSW has ways of getting around those old softies. HNSW will simply cancel your subsidy and demand the back rent. And if you can’t pay, you can be evicted on failing to pay arrears.