Lodger agreement

Licence to rent a room
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Use this lodger agreement to rent a room in your home to one or more people. This agreement creates a licence to use the property, with far fewer legal requirements for the landlord than a lease or a tenancy agreement.
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About this lodger agreement

This document grants permission to one or more people to occupy a room in your home under the terms agreed.

There is no requirement to have a formal written legal agreement with your lodger, but having one clarifies what the lodger can expect in the arrangement, and provides a reference point should any dispute occur in the future.

Whether you’re renting a room to a friend for a month or two, or wanting a long term lodger, there are practical and legal advantages of having the rental terms in writing.

The law relating to this document

In legal terminology, this document is called "a licence to occupy" and gives a lodger permission to live in a property without creating a tenancy.

 

If you are taking a lodger in as a flat or house mate, this is the document you should use. We recommend granting a licence on a short-term basis (less than 12 months) and renewing it when it expires.

When to use this licence

This lodger agreement would most commonly be used in the following circumstances:

  • A property owner renting out a spare bedroom (to a stranger, a friend, or a couple)
  • A student owner landlord renting spare rooms in a property to other students

It is suitable for any type of property: flats or houses, and can be used to let more than one room in the same property. You can reuse it for subsequent lodgers.

You can also use this agreement to sub-let a room if you rent under a tenancy agreement (subject to your tenancy agreement allowing sub-letting) and subject to someone on the original tenancy agreement still living at the address.

The document is not suitable if:

  • The lodger will run a business from the property
  • The lodger will occupy the whole property and the landlord lives elsewhere
  • The lodger will only live in the property on a part time basis

Some helpful and practical pointers for lodger agreements

Mentioned in the help notes to this document (along with others) are the following pointers:

  • Taking a deposit (a bond) can be done (and is covered in this agreement) but we advise that if you can avoid doing so, you should. A court may see a deposit as pointing toward this arrangement being a tenancy.
  • Work in to your agreement the right for you to enter the room rented to your lodger at any time. Although this needs to be done discretely, avoiding giving the lodger exclusive occupation of the property helps identify your arrangement as a licence rather than a tenancy.
  • Living with a lodger can be less pleasant once you’ve given him or her notice. Consider a short term. The expectation of a short arrangement will make giving notice easier (e.g. you can mention that you don’t plan to renew, rather than that you want your lodger to leave).

Agreement features and contents

  • Includes sensible, practical provisions to protect the landlord’s interests
  • Full description of the property and the services that the lodger should expect to receive
  • All likely provisions for restrictions on what the lodger may do in the property
  • Rent period and amount
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Margaret McCormack
15 January 2022
Document was comprehensive and easy to edit to suit my circumstances. Whole process was easy.
Michael Moloney
03 September 2021
It was exactly what I required
David Johnston
14 July 2020
The pre-prepared template was very well structured and easy to follow and edit as necessary. It cut down on a lot of the work on my end and I could take comfort knowing that it complied with up-to-date legislation. The purchase process was also very straightforward and it's great value for money.
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