Using a standard AST or Standard Lettings Agreement will cause you problems if you are actually renting a room, or part of your home, to another tenant or tenants. There is no need to make this mistake thanks to our FREE downloadable Lodgers Agreement.
How to Download our FREE Lodger Agreement
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A lodger is described as any non-related individual residing in a room, or part of a home of the person that they pay their rent to. This does not include sub-letting which is a different issue altogether. A tenant in a house that the owner has vacated for 6 months is not a lodger. A tenant in a house that the owner lives in permanently or simply most of the time, would qualify as a lodger.
If you are uncertain as to what the definition of a lodger is, please do contact us by telephone or email and we will be only too happy to assist.
In the case of lodgers, the property is also the home of the lodger so please remember that they do have some protection!
What could happen if you issue the wrong agreement?
You could give the lodger security of tenure for a greater period of time than you needed to. You could give them enhanced rights and would lose out on notice periods. The agreement may even be unenforceable. It is also not professional and things can always turn very awkward when a lodger is asked to leave.