The first week of tips for Lodger Landlords have now been published on my Lodger Landlord web-site. The daily topics are as follows (the headings are links which will take you to the posts):
Day 1 – What is a lodger?
This looks at whether there is a legal definition of a lodger and gives advice on avoiding creating a tenancy. There are some interesting comments on this tip.
Day 2 – Have you got permission to take in a Lodger?
This looks at the various permissions necessary before you can rent out a room in your home.
Day 3 – Have you got proper insurance?
People don’t always realise that taking in a lodger can invalidate your insurance. This tip looks at how to avoid this.
Day 4 – Is your property in a proper condition?
Altough lodger landlords are not bound by the landlords repairing covenants as set out in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, this does not mean that they have no obligations at all …
Day 5 – Have your gas appliances been tested for safety?
Lodger landlords are bound by the gas regulations, and this tip sets out what needs doing and also has some safety advice
Day 6 – Do you have the right furniture and furnishings?
This tip looks at getting the room ready for your lodger, and discusses your legal obligations
Day 7 – Will taking in a lodger turn your property into an HMO?
Something very much to be avoided if at all possible, this tip explains how
The daily tips continue on Monday 8 February with a post on tax and council tax. Please do visit (www.lodgerlandlord.co.uk), and if you want to leave any comments on any of the posts, we would love to hear from you …