Short term help in private flat

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14:01 PM, 10th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Short term help in private flat

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Short term help in private flat

In about 2 months I have to have a major foot op which will put me out of action for about 2-3 months. I am currently building a small flat above detached garages at my home and I will be offering the flat for free for someone who can help me out with my smallholding and animals for one or two hours a day during that time. However does anyone know the ramifications once help is no longer required?

Should I give them a tenancy agreement? I’d hate to be unable to get them out once my health returns. Obviously I’ll do necessary checks and follow up references. I’m hoping this option may help someone trying to find a permanent home in our area where demands out weighs supply. Short term help in private flat

Thanks

Gillian



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Mark Alexander

14:04 PM, 10th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Hi Gillian

As the flat will be an annexe to your home you should be able to use a lodgers agreement. See >>> http://www.spareroom.co.uk/content/info-landlords/lodger-agreement/

If you provide a tenancy agreement you will not be able to apply to Courts to get vacant possession for at least 6 months. Realistically it could be 11 months before you could get the tenant out.

With a lodger agreement there is no contractual minimum term, you only need to give 7 days notice and you will not require a Court order to evict.

Romain Garcin

14:49 PM, 10th September 2013
About 5 years ago

This seems to be a self-contained flat, in a separate building, with (I'm guessing) its direct access to the street.
Based on that I'm not sure that it is as easy as signing a lodger agreement.

A Jenkins

15:12 PM, 10th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Couldn't the lodger be classified as a carer and accommodation be his compensation?
That way, when services are no longer required, accommodation can be withdrawn?

Romain Garcin

15:42 PM, 10th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Re-read the details: Considering it would be rent-free it would fall outside of the Housing Act in any case (so no s.21, s.8, etc.). That would leave a 4 week notice to quit in case of exclusive possession.

Jerry Jones

9:29 AM, 12th September 2013
About 5 years ago

In a small burst of self publicity almost worthy of Mark at his finest, may I point you at my other business? You may find it useful after the op.

http://www.peglegs.co.uk

Mark Alexander

10:45 AM, 12th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jerry Jones" at "12/09/2013 - 09:29":

Very relevant link Jerry, you're learning 😉

I took a look at your website too so it worked, on me at least LOL

What a great invention!
.

Gillian Schifreen

10:52 AM, 12th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jerry Jones" at "12/09/2013 - 09:29":

Hi Jerry as you know my hubby; Hex from Cix, I'll expect a discount!

Jerry Jones

10:58 AM, 12th September 2013
About 5 years ago

Praise indeed, from the master of shameless plugging.

What is this "discount" of which you speak? It's not a term with which I am familiar. You can have a free week's rental on me. 😉


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