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But has historically used the shared areas? Does the lodger pay rent?
Ok, so no rent. Is there anything written agreement at the moment ?
Ok. So to answer
A) if it was signed a lodger it will always be the case. No rent is paid so they can’t claim to be a tenant.
B) if an agreement is signed, it is binding. If a previous agreement was signed then the new one replaces it.
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The debt doesn't become void.
But it may be hard to retrospectively claim rent.