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    Lodgers Agreement?

    I am due to help some owners rent out a room in a large house in England. The property has multiple floors, rooms kitchens/bathrooms. The owners want to rent out a room with access to one of the kitchens and one bathroom. The owners live abroad but use the house when in the country. Would a lodgers agreement be the mos appropriate? I read somewhere that the lodger agreement is only for instances when the property is the landlords main residence? Essentially the owners would need access to the property on a regular basis (not the tenants bedroom). Thank you

    #2
    No, I'm afraid that lodger agreements are only for resident landlords and if their principal place of residence is abroad, they probably wouldn't qualify. If they only want to let the rooms you mention, they would need a room-only AST. The landlord would retain responsibility for the Council Tax and it would make sense for them to continue to pay the bills too. Therefore they would charge an inclusive rent.

    To be honest, this sounds like a bit of a risk and unless you get the right tenant, I could see the property being abused.

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      #3
      I'd quietly suggest that the owners don't risk it.
      If the owners don't really live there it's quite a risky thing to do.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
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        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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          #5
          Is that Gaelic Artful?

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            #6
            Thank you for the replies. With a room only AST can the landlord access the property (not tenant's room) whenever they want or would they need to give notice and seek permission first? Thank you

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              #7
              Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
              Is that Gaelic Artful?
              Apologies, dunno how that happened, wasn't even aware I was looking at this thread. Weird....
              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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                #8
                Originally posted by turnyourtvoff View Post
                Thank you for the replies. With a room only AST can the landlord access the property (not tenant's room) whenever they want or would they need to give notice and seek permission first? Thank you
                You can't have a room only AST (unless it's a very odd room).
                A residential tenancy is typically for a dwelling house, so you need to be able to live in it - so the minimum is likely to be a bedroom, with access to (shared) cooking and toilet/washing facilities.
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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