December 20th, 2011

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I'm writing a story involving evacuees (a mother and young child) from London to Herefordshire during the Blitz. Would a £1 annual peppercorn rent on a 2 bedroom cottage in the tiny village be feasible? Or is that too much of a fairy tale?

The idea is that the landlord knows the two elderly sisters (the mother-in-law and her sister) who live in the house, and needs tenants to keep the place up, hence the nominal rent.

ETA: Since it's 1940, nearly every man in the village between the age of 18 and 51 are in the armed forces, hence the cottage being empty.

EMETA: answered! Thank you, all.