You are probably an excluded occupier if you share accommodation with your landlord.
What is an excluded occupier?
You're probably an excluded occupier if you:
- share accommodation with your landlord (or a member of their family if your landlord lives in the building)
- are placed in emergency housing after a homeless application
- live in a council or housing association-run hostel
- live with family or friends and you are not a tenant or owner
- don't have to pay rent where you live
Right to rent immigration checks
If you are a lodger or have a private landlord you should be asked to prove that you have the right to live in the UK and the right to rent.
This does not apply to you if you moved in before 1 February 2016.
Agreements for excluded occupiers
Your landlord doesn't have to give you a contract. But it's a good idea to have a written agreement in place.
A contract should set out the rights and responsibilities that you and your landlord have.
If you pay a deposit for your accommodation it should be returned to you when you move out.
Your landlord can make reasonable deductions if you owe any rent or cause any damage.
Your deposit doesn't have to be protected in a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme.
Rent and rent increases
You agree the rent with your landlord when you move in.
If you pay rent weekly, your landlord must give you a rent book.
Your landlord can increase your rent if either of the following apply:
- you agree to an increase
- there's a term in your agreement setting out when and how the rent can increase
If you don't agree to a rent increase, your landlord can evict you easily once any fixed-term or notice period has ended.
If you want to leave
You can leave after you give your landlord reasonable notice.
Reasonable notice should be at least 7 days, but it can be more depending on your circumstances.
The notice usually doesn't have to be in writing.
If you have a written agreement it should say how much notice you must give your landlord and whether it should be in writing.
If you have a fixed-term agreement you can’t give notice to leave before it ends unless:
- there is a clause in the agreement that allows this
- you agree with your landlord that it can end early
Eviction of excluded occupiers
Your landlord can evict you after you have been given reasonable notice to leave. Reasonable notice should be at least 7 days, but it can be more depending on your circumstances.
The notice usually doesn't have to be in writing. Your landlord can just tell you to leave by a particular date.
If you have a written agreement it should say how much notice you should be given and whether it must be given to you in writing.
If you have a fixed-term agreement your landlord cannot tell you to leave before it ends unless there is a clause in the agreement that allows this.
Your landlord doesn't need a court order to evict you.
It is a criminal offence for your landlord to use or threaten violence while evicting you.
Get advice if this is happening to you.
Last updated 02 Nov 2016 | © Shelter
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