Nowadays many choose to let a room in their own home. For both parties, however, it’s essential to have a formal written agreement in place detailing the legal requirements of the living arrangement.
Unlike an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), where you rent a flat or home from a private landlord, a lodger shares a property with their live-in landlord. Rooms like the bathroom and kitchen become communal areas and only the lodger’s bedroom is their own domain. You should also detail each party’s responsibilities, such as maintaining the property and having adequate insurance in place for personal belongings.
Take a look at our sample lodger agreement. It will help you to create an inventory and to document important agreed information, like when the rent is due.