Sabbatical Homes UK is a specialist short and medium term fully furnished letting agency established for over 28 years servicing the international academic community and their families, principal artists from the Royal Opera House and English National Opera who need a temporary home in London.

The company is owned by Elaine Godfrey, who provide a personal accommodation service to our client universities, colleges, theatrical and professional companies and property letting, management and maintenance services to our private landlords.BuckinghamPalace

All our properties are personally inspected by either Elaine Godfrey and carefully selected for their comfort, convince for travel and value for money. Our properties are often the homes of academics, writers and broadcasters, who themselves are on assignment out of the UK.

Sabbatical Homes UK has been established for over 28 years. During that time we have found suitable properties for visiting professors from the USA, South and Latin America, mainland Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and the Far East.

We aim to provide a personal efficient service tailored to your specific needs, and to match your need to the right type of property in the right location, based on our knowledge and contacts within the London area.

Many academics make arrangements sight unseen, so it is vital that we give you an accurate description of the property and can usually provide photos to back up the words. Alternatively you may know someone in London who can view the property for you. Leaving arrangements until you arrive can be risky and lead to disappointment so it is important to book ahead. The properties we represent are NOT owned by commercial landlords, but by private individuals.

Like any growing business, Sabbatical Homes needs to adapt to the changing world, be it  technology or changes in client needs.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

A. To provide tenants with a first class accommodation service

B. To provide our tenants with full support during their stay should they require it

C. To provide our landlords with a comprehensive property lettings and management service


Types Of Tenancies

Type of Tenancy

Since the introduction of the Housing Act 1988 on 15 January 1989, the majority of private residential lettings came under the system of assured and assured shorthold tenancies. The legal framework was further amended on 28th February 1997 whereby such lettings on or after this date became automatically an assured shorthold tenancy (AST)

Therefore, when granting the tenancy, an assured shorthold tenancy agreement is the most common form of tenure. There are however, several notable exceptions

LOndon SkylineA tenancy can be an AST if all of the following apply:

  • you’re a private landlord (not a local council or housing association)
  • the tenancy started on or after 15 January 1989
  • the property is your tenants’ main accommodation
  • you don’t live in the property

A tenancy can’t be an AST if:

  • it began or was agreed before 15 January 1989
  • the rent is more than £100,000 a year
  • the rent is less than £250 a year (less than £1,000 in London)
  • it’s a business tenancy or tenancy of licensed premises
  • it’s a holiday let
  • the landlord is a local council

Other tenancies

There are other tenancies that aren’t as common as ASTs, including:

  • excluded tenancies or licences
  • assured tenancies
  • regulated tenancies

Excluded tenancies or licences

If you have a lodger living in your home and share rooms with them, like a kitchen or bathroom, you may have one of these. This usually gives your lodger less protection from eviction than other types of agreement.

In the above situations, the letting will fall outside the control or statutory provisions of the Housing Act 1988 and a “common law” or “contractual” tenancy will normally result.

In all cases Sabbatical Homes tenancies will be deemed Holiday Lets and a Common Law Agreement will be produced.  Please note that for legal compliance requirements we only offer accommodation to existing home owners.