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Hi,

I want to let out a room in my house, allowing the tennant to have exclusive occupancy of that room and shared use of the rest of the house (excluding my bedroom).

I have a copy of a tennancy agreement from when I rented a room in a house with other students. Could I copy and modify this to make my own one for the tennant in my house? Or do I need to include some new laws and regulations in it or something? I don't want to have to go to a solictor if I don't have to.

I am getting a gas certificate and inspection, is it a legal requirement to do the same for electric?

What do I need to do regarding insurance? Just notify my insurance company that I have someone staying with me? are they covered by my house contents policy?

Any advice is appreciated, I don't want to find out that I havn't done something and become liable for it.

Rob

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Hi,

I want to let out a room in my house, allowing the tennant to have exclusive occupancy of that room and shared use of the rest of the house (excluding my bedroom).

I have a copy of a tennancy agreement from when I rented a room in a house with other students. Could I copy and modify this to make my own one for the tennant in my house? Or do I need to include some new laws and regulations in it or something? I don't want to have to go to a solictor if I don't have to.

I am getting a gas certificate and inspection, is it a legal requirement to do the same for electric?

What do I need to do regarding insurance? Just notify my insurance company that I have someone staying with me? are they covered by my house contents policy?

Any advice is appreciated, I don't want to find out that I havn't done something and become liable for it.

Rob

I think that most people that I have known to have had various lodgers over the years, have never drawn up a formal document, its always been an informal agreement. As for insurance you should tell them but I dont know anyone who does and I dont know that they ever look into these things, its just an excuse for them to charge you more. As for Mortgage providers even though you are obliged to tell them if they cant be arsed looking into how much people earn or can afford payments why would they check everyones house for lodgers?

If you know the people that you let out to it can be better than the hit and miss of advertising to strangers. If you do advertise I would get a ref from their employer and previous landlord and also get a bond of approx one months rent. If they kick up a fuss tell them to naff off.

If you play it by the book, you need to start declaring it on a tax form and do you really want that?

Also dont forget you forfeit your right to 25% discount on council tax, but again i suspect a lot of people dont declre it.

Edited by mickeymouse

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