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By Tom Ashdown Subscribe to RSS | June 11th 2012 | Views:

A landlord, who has rooms to let in the only house he owns and resides, is termed as resident landlord. A tenant of you can not challenge you over the matter of rent which was mutually agreed upon before the start of tenancy. A resident landlord, sometimes, in his own house is at the mercy of tenant and he can not simply evict him by giving a notice.

If the home you live in is a mortgaged property, then you may let rooms in the house with the permission of mortgagee. Similarly in a leased home, you have to check the lease agreement whether or not you have permission for rooms to let. Likewise, a tenant, if the tenancy agreement sanctions him with the permission to do so, can sub-let the rented property.

If you want to earn easy money you may give spare rooms in your house on rent. Like other types of tenancy, there are certain laws that regulate giving rooms for rent in UK. Once you have decided to let rooms in your home you have to make certain arrangement to allow the tenant a comfortable living. You have to provide him with the basic amenities of bathroom and kitchen. These amenities can either be shared between you and your tenant or they can be made available exclusively for tenant.

Varieties of options are available with the resident landlord to let rooms for rent in UK. He may let rooms on an excluded tenancy or it may be non-excluded. It may be a simple tenancy or it may be a licence to occupy.

As stated above, there are many ways to give rooms for rent in UK. One is a simple tenancy and other is licence to occupy. The difference between the two is that in a tenancy, the tenant has the exclusive access to room and landlord can not enter the room in occupation of tenant unless and until he obtained permission of the tenant. While in a licence to occupy, a landlord has free access to the rented out room. When a landlord or someone on his behalf provides the tenant with such services which necessitates free entry to the let room e.g. cleaning services, then this tenancy is termed as licence to occupy. Another way of licence to occupy is when two or more tenants have to share the room with persons of landlord’s choice.

If landlord or his family has to share certain rooms as for instance a kitchen is to be shared by both the tenant and landlord the tenancy is termed as excluded tenancy. An excluded tenancy does not demand you to be in the home for all the time during the tenancy, what it only requires you, is that the home in which you have rooms to let must be your only home both at the commencement and at the termination of tenancy. On the other hand if no rooms are to be shared between you and your tenant, the tenancy is called non-excluded. Similarly a licence to occupy can also be excluded or non-excluded following the same basic lines.

Tom Ashdown - About Author:
Tom Ashdown is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on, please Edinburgh flats.

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