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  • Short Term Rentals

    One Month Tenancy Agreement

    We are letting one room on a short term basis (one month) can anyone please advise which agreement we can use?

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    If it is a person's only or main home then it will still be an AST whatever agreement you use. Therefore you will be letting at the risk that they do not leave and provided they pay the rent they will be able to stay for 6 months at least
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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    If the tenant is a guest i.e. this is not their main/only residence for a month, then you don't need one.  They are a "guest" as opposed to "tenant" and you can just get them to sign some terms and conditions, which can include the date they have to vacate the room - same as a hotel.

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    Hi Vanessa and David,


    I was looking for an updated template for a contract with a lodger online, when I came across this entry. I am confused  as a few years ago I had found templates for licensees or lodgers. Now I only can find ASTs i.e tenancy agreements with resident landlords. Does that mean that the law has changed, as there is a whole explanation on the difference between lodger and tenant for people renting where the landlord is resident. I enclose the url which is government guidance dated 2009 - is this no longer valid then?  Thanks, Anne

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    P.S. Also Tessa Sheperton (Landlord Law) seems to give out lodger landlord agreements on an excellent information website with regard to lodgers?  see https://www.lodgerlandlord.co.uk/lodger-landlord-agreements/

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    Yes I have had this happen a few times now, i.e. People wanting a room for less than 6 months, I researched it and ended up giving AST and understood that it is still a 6 month tenancy , I have found also that the tenants have always ended up staying for longer than 6 months ( which is great !) yet it would be good if there was some more clarity on exactly what you can do legally as often people nowadays undertake 2-3 month contracts of employment etc and just want a place to stay for that amount of time? 
    I understand what you are saying as "guest" Vanessa but wouldn't be good if there were some kind of more flexible agreement etc?

    Good topic this one..thanks David and Vanessa
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    Currently the GLA are looking at flexible tenancy agreements incorporating short term lets and lodgings in their London Model to which there are different types of agreements. eg. Excluded tenancies, Licence agreements, service occupancy agreement or Tenancy and others. It would be more helpful if there were better framework for the the holiday let and room rental market place.

    But essentially you have a lodger when you as the landlord live in the property sharing particular spaces.
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