I start my new job on 8 Aug. The house I am taking over is empty from 4 Aug, but DHE will not allow me to move in until 19 Aug (to allow them to clean it). They have suggested that I commute as there is no nearby mess or single accommodation available. This will be about 2hrs each way, and during my handover period the work hours are 8 til 8ish, depending on places being visited. I would like to stay in a nearby hotel within walking distance for two weeks and then move, so that I can concentrate on the job. The wife, who is 35 weeks pregnant, will move to the mother in laws until the new house is available. Is this an unreasonable request? I have tried getting DHE to allow an earlier move in, but rules are rules it seems. Any other advice please?