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This Lodger Agreement gives the Licensee the right to occupy a room in the domestic property for a defined length of time. A Licensee has only a personal interest and not a legal one in the space. This is a room rental arrangement drafted in neutral form.
The Landlord shall let and the Lodger shall occupy the Premises for the Term of Licence (as defined in the Agreement) with furniture, fixtures, fittings and equipment therein (as per Schedule, if any) in clean and tenantable condition to the Lodger for residential purpose.
The licensee fee and the deposit are two separate charges under this Agreement. The licensee fee is paid for the right to use the facilities in the said space. However, the deposit is like a guarantee paid to the licensor, and the amount shall be returned to the Lodger within 7 days after the Lodger has vacated. It shall also be noted that the currency and the amount of these two charges shall be clearly stated in the Agreement for clear reference.
Other charges such as management fees, government rates and rent, property tax and all outgoing charges would be a responsibility of the licensor, and the details shall be clearly outlined in section 4.3 of the Agreement.
The Landlord hereby grants to the Lodger personal permission to use the room / space, communal areas in the Premises and the furniture, fixtures, fittings and equipment therein (as per Schedule, if any) as the Landlord shall from time to time designate for a stated term of months.
If Lodger terminates the Licence during the Term without any violations of this Licence by Landlord, Landlord is not required to return the said Deposit. If Lodger breaches any part of this contract, Landlord has the right to retain part of or all of the Deposit as compensation, upon providing the actual evidence by Landlord. If the said deposit is insufficient to cover Landlord’s costs, Lodger should pay the extra amount to Landlord within ten working days of receipt of Landlord’s invoice notice.
Provided that there is no antecedent breach of any of the terms and conditions herein contained and the Licence will not be renewed, the Landlord shall refund the Deposit to the Lodger without interest within 7 days from the date of vacating the Premises or settlement of any outstanding payment owed by the Lodger to the Landlord.
Other responsibilities of both the Landlord and the Lodger are also listed in the Lodger Agreement.
It shall be distinguished that the License granted in this Agreement is not a lease. A Licensee (Lodger) has only a right to temporary occupancy of the accommodation or land, not a right to control of the accommodation or land. Meaning, the License does not provide the Licensee (Lodger) a legal interest in the land, nor would he or she, unlike tenants, have exclusive possession of the accommodation or land.
This document should be carefully read by the Licensor and the Lodger.
This lodger agreement template may be used by the licensor to grant the licensee the right to occupy a room in a domestic property for a defined length of time.
The lodger agreement may also be used during a room rental arrangement between the licensee and licensor, whereby an agreement is needed to be drafted neutrally.
Both parties should sign and return a copy, and once signed, both parties should get a copy. To avoid any future disputes, both parties may wish to have their signatures witnessed.
If either party wishes to amend the agreement in the future, both parties should agree to do so, and the original agreement and amendments should be recorded in writing and signed by both parties.