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Are they going to be staying together throughout the whole term please?
Ok - then if they dont know each other you would produce an AST for each one.
That way you and they are are protected. You and they also know rights, obligations, responsibilities, what happens if rent is not paid and how to terminate the agreement.
But I would go down the AST route rather than lodger as you are not a live in Landlord.Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
You said that you were going to work abroad for a few years - therefore I did not consider that for at least 2 years you were coming back. Unless you are living in the property, which you are not because you have said you are working abroad for a few years, you are not a live in Landlord.
Even if you are living in a hotel abroad, you are not a live in landlord.
You have a choice, either they sign an AST or they have individual agreements. If you want an individual agreement you would need a lodger agreement (sorry if I didnt make that clear earlier).
Legally the difference between a tenant and a lodger are rights
A tenant has far more rights under the Housing Act. They have a right to exclusive use, certain notice periods, if they fail to leave a Court must order possession etc.
If they are a lodger they have far less protection, in essence you are just letting them stay there on licence.
Does that clarify?
Yes they should both have Lodger agreements even though you are not a live in landlord.
http://simply-docs.co.uk/ - is a great website and they should have thisDoes that clarify?
It wont be a Government source as Act's are approved by Parliament.
Housing Act 1988.