Beginning the search for a new place to live can be daunting for many, but you do have a range of options available in terms of how you go about it.
For instance, while there is the obvious step of signing up to take on a flat on your own, joining a house share can be a great way to meet new people and divide up the cost of rent and bills along the way.
Furthermore, a third option worth looking at is whether you should become a lodger and in this article, we are going to examine this approach and tackle several key questions including what is a live-in landlord and what rights do lodgers have.
What is a live-in landlord?
A live-in landlord – also known as a residential landlord – is simply someone who makes part of their only or main home available for other individuals to rent.
The move can be beneficial for property owners in a range of situations, while they can earn up to £7,500 per year tax-free as part of the government’s Rent a Room Scheme.
What rights do lodgers have?
The rights that a lodger holds are ultimately dependent on the kind of tenancy which is agreed with the live-in landlord from the outset.
In many cases, a lodger would be classed officially as an excluded occupier – this is a person who lives within their landlord’s home and shares facilities such as a kitchen or bathroom with them. Lodgers in this situation tend to have few legal rights, as landlords only need to give them reasonable notice to end a letting and do not have to provide it in writing. Furthermore, landlords can also change the locks on a lodger’s room even if the latter’s belongings are in there, and do not have to go to court to evict them.
However, a lodger can also be an occupier with basic protection if they live with their landlord but do not share living space with them. In this scenario, a landlord would need a court order to evict the lodger and would also have to serve a written ‘notice to quit’ if they wanted to end the letting. In terms of legal rights, this latter situation provides the lodger with more protection.
What are the advantages of being a lodger?
Becoming a lodger and moving in with a live-in landlord can offer benefits in many different ways, including:
- Living with others means you do not have to worry about being lonely;
- A live-in landlord and their family may be a vital support network if you’ve moved to a new area;
- It is cheaper to rent a single room than a whole property;
- Landlords have a duty to keep the property in good repair;
- There are direct lines of communication if issues need to be addressed.
Get it right from the start
The latter issue undoubtedly highlights why it is beneficial to build a good relationship with your landlord right from the start.
Our private and secure chat here at badi has been created with that in mind, as it allows both landlords and tenants to get together and determine whether they are suited to each other. Getting it right could undoubtedly offer huge benefits to both parties.