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About 2 weeks ago 36
My boyfriend and I have just moved to London and have found a room to rent in a flatshare. Being new to England I’m not sure of the legalities. We are dealing with a live out landlord, however he has given us a lodgers agreement to sign.
From what I understand as he does not live at the property so we are not lodgers, but tenants. It is a fixed term contract and has many conditions written into it that are the same as a tenants rights (eg must give 24 hours notice to enter our room), but I am nervous about signing a lodgers agreement as from what I understand lodgers have less rights (around bond protection and repairs) than tenants do.
Alternatively, the room is furnished, and the expenses and cleaning of the communal areas are “included in the rent”. Does this make us lodgers?
If we are actually tenants, would there be any issues with signing a contract called a lodgers agreement?
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