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    Following a previous lodger leaving after 14 years, I am now wanting to rent a room in a family home to a new tenant.
    The thing is, I have never had to advertise or draw up contracts etc, as the previous lodger was renting on an 'informal' basis - I knew him before he moved in so we didn't bother with all the proper stages.
    This is a room in a family home, so I don't know where to start advertising and going through all the steps. Can anyone do through the stages of getting a new lodger in?
    I mean, where and how is the best way to advertise, when someone calls up what is the best way of arranging for them to have a look round? And what should be put in the contract? It is a double room, close to transport links, however it does have on-street parking. So what sort of price range should I be letting for.
    If anyone can help with any of these questions, I'd be glad to hear it.

    Thanks in advance

    #2
    As they're still a lodger you don't need a formal contract and suggest you're better off without one.
    The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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      #3
      Originally posted by meb205 View Post
      Following a previous lodger leaving after 14 years, I am now wanting to rent a room in a family home to a new tenant.
      The thing is, I have never had to advertise or draw up contracts etc, as the previous lodger was renting on an 'informal' basis - I knew him before he moved in so we didn't bother with all the proper stages.
      This is a room in a family home, so I don't know where to start advertising and going through all the steps. Can anyone do through the stages of getting a new lodger in?
      I mean, where and how is the best way to advertise, when someone calls up what is the best way of arranging for them to have a look round? And what should be put in the contract? It is a double room, close to transport links, however it does have on-street parking. So what sort of price range should I be letting for.
      If anyone can help with any of these questions, I'd be glad to hear it.

      Thanks in advance
      You could either go to a local agency to find you a tenant, or you could advertise the room yourself in local newsagents, supermarket noticeboards, etc., or in your local paper. Think carefully about the age, gender and lifestyle of the person you would prefer and word your advert appropriately.

      When someone contacts you, however OK they seem, always ask for and check out references (character and financial).

      What you charge will depend on the size and quality of the accommodation you are offering, the area, and market forces! If you have no idea how much to charge, a letting agent might be able to give you some idea.
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        #4
        Thanks paul_f and mind_the_gap for your replies.

        You've made it sound easier than I once imagined - at least I know more of what to look out for now. I intend to advertise in the local paper, shouldn't cost too much, and there's quite a few other rooms so I can see what to charge.

        Just to clear one thing up, is it that much better to go without a contract? If they don't pay up or just cause a nuisance, will I still have any rights?

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          #5
          There are a fair few books on taking in lodgers available at good book stores. I have no idea what they are actually like but might be worth considering,
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            #6
            Originally posted by House View Post
            There are a fair few books on taking in lodgers available at good book stores. I have no idea what they are actually like but might be worth considering,
            Yes...and come to think of it, isn't there an actual government scheme called 'Rent a Room'? Can't remember much about it, but it might be worth checking out in case you qualify for any help, subsidies etc. (Or perhaps that's the lodgers?!)
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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              #7
              Thanks again for the replies, much appreciated

              I had a look at the Rent a Room scheme, seems a bit confusing, but it appears to apply in my situation, so thanks for recommending that!

              I'll have a look to see about some books regarding contracts - I haven't actually seen one myself, but hopefully they'll help.

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                #8
                Don't bother with a contract because if you have one and say agree to give the lodger a months notice and he or she is a nuisance then you will be stuck with them longer than you want.
                The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                  #9
                  Oh yes.... never thought of it that way. Thanks for that - that will make the whole process easier, now that I won't have to bother making one out.

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                    #10
                    Have you looked at Gumtree for advertising?

                    www.gumtree.com

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                      #11
                      I was planning to list on there, the only thing is that they don't have my town listed on there - not sure if I'd get any response as the nearest town is about 25 miles away.

                      Is the site free to advertise - I couldn't see if it is or not.
                      Thanks

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                        #12
                        I think it's free, but not sure.

                        I used it to rent a place in Oxford last year.

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                          #13
                          Yes, you're right it is free - just looked at their help pages.
                          Thanks for suggesting that, I'll give it a try.

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