would this be a periodic tenancy?

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    would this be a periodic tenancy?

    Hi, i recently found this website and think it's great!

    Now lets see if anyone can help me with this one?

    My friend is going through a messy divorce and so my best friend has let her stay at her house temporarily (not like she has the space by anyways) just until she can get back on her feet and find either a house to rent or buy somewhere.

    She isn't staying for free, she is paying £75 a week, now i'm worried that because she is paying this she becomes some kind of 'tenant', would this make her a tenant or a licencee and has rights over my best friend is this true? as she is only doing this as a favour?

    please help don't want my bezzie mate getting herself into a situation that is difficult to get out of just for being nice!!

    Thanks

    #2
    I'm assuming your best mate is living in the property also, in which case your other mate is merely a lodger with no tenancy rights whatsoever.
    Any information or opinion given in this post is based only on my personal experience, what I have learned from this, other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person. E&OE

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      #3
      Originally posted by pippay View Post
      I'm assuming your best mate is living in the property also, in which case your other mate is merely a lodger with no tenancy rights whatsoever.
      ...or she could be a tenant of part (eg if letting is for a fixed term)- .even so, she would not have Housing Act 1988 protection., because resident landlord.
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        #4
        Yeah my best mate is living in the house also (she owns the house), so this would just make her friend a lodger nothing more? not even a licencee? she has not signed a contract just paying a 'rent' of £75per week.

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          #5
          She is indeed a lodger with no rights at all. She will have to leave as soon as your best friend instructs her to.

          P.P.
          Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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