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    #16
    I suggest short holiday let's, possibly Aurbnb type. It doesn't sound like a practical option as a permanent let.

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      #17
      You would not be sharing enough for it to be a lodger arrangement - it's self contained so it would legally be a tenancy for whoever is living there.

      Whether there is a washing machine or not is immaterial.

      You can't just decide/say that they are lodgers and not tenants.
      And any written agreement that says they are lodgers would be invalid, because in law they would be tenants.

      You can't get around a landlords legal responsibilities to their tenants simply by saying that they are lodgers.
      It's the situation that decides what they are, and not what the landlord says.

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        #18
        As nukecad says: See Street v Mountford...
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_v_Mountford

        Sham agreements (which your cunning plan would be..) are inadvisable, as when ruled by court to be a tenancy, you'd be be at risk of harassment and/or illegal eviction, both criminal charges, that landlords can & have gone to jail for.

        Not worth the risk..
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #19
          Holiday Let !!!!

          Keep it simple - IF NNDR assessed then no payment due to size (as long as you dont have any commercial property elsewhere)

          Loads of places to advertise and would suggest setting min 2 night stay to cut down on washing towels, linens etc
          My views are my own - you may not agree with them. I tend say things as I see them and I don't do "political correctness". Just because we may not agree you can still buy me a pint lol

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            #20
            As said above - This is a grey area. Probably It can not be a lodger s agreement just sharing a washing machine .It could be as Artful said common tenancy a non-assured short hold (little advantage since you have to evict through a court possession order and there is no accelerated process and you have to have a court hearing but it is usually rubber stamped in non-COVID times) To issue a lodger agreement I believe you would have to share cooking or bathroom facilities and washing machine is not enough on its own. I was told by an experienced London housing solicitor if the tenant shared a washing machine and entrance hall and common corridors it could be a lodger s agreement because there was not sufficient division between landlord and tenant s space. But I don t think this applies in this case. It sounds like there is sufficient division between the 2 living spaces NOT to be a lodger s agreement. Ultimately it would be for a judge to decide and in my opinion there is quite significant division between the 2 areas - ie it s got its own entrance hall and you do not go through that to get to your living spaces. I think there is a good point about what happens if the annex trips the electricity and you are away how can they reset the consumer unit and get the electricity back on if they don t have a key to your house.

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              #21
              I think you have said above you only want a lodger. In this case with the layout described it is highly unlikely to be ruled one in a court. I think it would therefore be very unwise to issue a lodger s agreement to a tenant because say down the line you want to evict the tenant and they go to seek advice from the many people available you won t be able to evict them as a lodger without risking a huge fine for say potential illegal eviction, not protecting their deposit etc etc.

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