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Overview of the Room rental agreement

Rent out rooms in your house safely to tenants with this room rental agreement using this type of tenancy agreement for private landlords. Give yourself peace of mind when letting to a group of people who are not all members of the same family by creating separate agreements for each tenant. Try this assured shorthold tenancy to let out your whole house for a short period at a full market rent and be able to get it back, if you wish, after six months. This type of tenancy agreement also makes it simpler and quicker to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent or cause a nuisance and complies with tenant fees legislation.

Use this room rental agreement:

  • when you are looking to rent out room(s) at your property
  • when you want to enter into separate tenancy agreements for each room
  • when you will not be living at the property
  • when the tenant is an individual
  • when the property will be the tenant's main home
  • when there is only one landlord
  • only when the property is in England and Wales

This room rental agreement covers:

  • the amount of rent payable for the room
  • any deposit required
  • landlord responsibilities
  • what the tenants can and cannot do at the property
  • ending the agreement
  • the requirements under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and the Tenant Fees Act 2019

A room rental agreement is an agreement that allows a landlord to rent out rooms in a property they own but do not live in.

You will need a room rental agreement if you own a property that you do not live in and want to rent it to a number of tenants at a market rent.

There can be no more than three tenants (who are unrelated) living at the property. If there is more than three the property may be classified as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and additional regulations may apply.

The tenant has exclusive use of a bedroom at the property but also has the right to use other parts of the property that are shared with other tenants. These areas are known as the common areas and are usually the kitchen, living room and bathroom.

The rent can be set at any level up to £100,000 per year in England and £25,000 in Wales. The rent will be the market rent similar to other lodgings in the area. It is usual to take one month's rent in advance at the start of the agreement.

The landlord can ask for a deposit to cover the cost of any breakages or damage to the property or its contents. If when the tenant leaves there is no damage or rent due, the money is returned. All deposits must be placed in a Government Authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme within 30 days of receiving the deposit.

An inventory is a detailed list of all of the items in the property that the tenant can use. An inventory should always be made as it can be used to prevent disputes at a later time about the condition of items.

The tenant cannot end the agreement before the end of the term. Termination by the landlord depends on when the notice to terminate is given.

Yes. This document has been amended to be compliant with the Tenant Fees Act 2019. It excludes fees prohibited under the Act, while it also allows for certain damages to be recoverable.

Ask a lawyer for:

  • tenants who want to run a business from the property
  • student/college accommodation
  • advice if there are 3 or more prospective tenants that form more than 1 household, as the property may need to be licensed
  • a property that is outside England and Wales

Other names for Room rental agreement

Agreement for renting a room.