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I want to help a friend, he is divorced has a dog. At the moment

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I want to help a friend, he is divorced has a dog. At the moment he is living in a house that belonged to his ex wife's mother, and the house will be put on the market at Christmas so he will be without a home, we have become very close over the past few months and I have my own flat, I have offered him to come and live with me as my partner he has said no, but he wants to travel the world to see his children and grandchildren and stay with them for a few months at a time. What I want to offer him is a legal agreement hereby he can stay with me on a permanent basis with no strings attached so that he has a permant home in the UK and I will take care of the dog, I'm not asking for any monetary gain for this . what do you think ? Can it work?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Why do you need a legal agreement?
What are you hoping to achieve?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I'm not hoping to achieve anything to just want to help him.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Ok.
So why don't you just offer to let him stay?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have but I want it on a legal footing so there is no misunderstandings

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Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
I am sorry - why do you think there needs to be a legal agreement?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Because without it my friend would be offended by the offer, this way with a legal document all would be straight forward and above board,

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Has he expressed a wish for you to look after the dog (I think this could be a good focus for the agreement)
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes he has otherwise she will have to be put down, the dog is 13 years old and has a few health issues, I get on with her and she accepts orders from me.

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
That is a good beginning then.
I assume that you will then say that he is welcome to visit the dog and stay whenever he wishes?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

But I want him to regard my home as his and live with me on a permanent basis but when he wants to be able to come and go that is why I want the legal agreement between us, I don't do it to trap him into say living with me as " husband and wife" would.

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
But if he does not wish to do so there is no Legal Agreement that can persuade him otherwise.
Your best option is to confirm that you will take in his dog and that he will always have a (separate) room at your house should he wish to stay
You can make it plain that there are no strings attached - so you can in fact draw up a "contract" between you confirming what the arrangements will be
You can adopt a room rental agreement
https://www.rocketlawyer.co.uk/documents-and-forms/room-rental-agreement.rl
to reflect the fact that there is no financial costs - but he can store his belongings in"his" room so long as he wishes
Please ask if you need further details
Clare