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Lodgers. Ask your friends who are Live in Landlords.
on 27 January 2015
Who the h*** takes in a Lodger and provides linen and offers to clean their room for security purposes! That is a HOST. Why would you want to ask them for comments in a Visitors book? Thats for hotels. Do you really want them to write "Landlord was a ***!" Also If you are providing breakfast or any meals then you have a Boarder, not a Lodger. That affects your tax allowances.
Otherwise the fundamentals like the law, rent a room scheme, vetting lodgers etc are there. Good to see house rules mentioned. Have a full A4 sheet and read it out before signing any paperwork. They have to sign the House Rules too. That visitor staying thing has increased a lot more. Lodgers seem to think it's ok for their partner, siblings and parents to stay over. YOU CAN SAY NO NO NO.
As a Live in Landlord your job is to clean the communal areas regularly, make sure you never ever run out of toilet paper, always bulk buy,(from Amazon) and grit your teeth when they come in late with feeble attempts at being quiet. Never ever "FRIENDS" on any social media. Get a fire safe put your personal papers in it and lock it.
As a Lodger with a live in landlord, you PAY rent on time, And STICK TO THE HOUSE RULES. Simple.
I respect the fact that this is written by a lawyer and landlady, but I do wish the authors of these books would try and ask others for input also. Some of the things this author talks about wouldn't wash in London. It is a LANDLORDS market. It's BUSINESS not a friendship market. When they're gone, theyre gone. NEXT!!