A few weeks ago we introduced our new lodger pack and it has proved very popular with users. Gill and I have been surprised at how many we have sold!
The reason behind the new lodger pack is to help landlords when they are looking for a new lodger. It is REALLY important that you choose carefully as this person will be living in your house and having access to all your things! Here is how the new pack can help you:
Using the new lodger pack
Before you even think of taking in lodgers, you need to make sure that y our insurace cover will not be affects. The pack has a letter for this.
After you have put out your advert you will get (hopefully) some enquiries. The telephone form will help you ask those all important questions you might forget otherwise, and give you a space to write the answers.
When you first see your lodger you can use the lodger information form to record information about them, and the new lodger checklist to make sure that you remember to ask them all necessary questions and cover all relevant points in your interview.
Don’t forget to get them to sign the letters of authority, for when you write out asking for references. If they are on housing benefit there is a special letter which will auathorise the benefit office to keep you informed about their benefit application.
Checking them out
Once you have decided which interviewee you like the best, you need to check them out. You can use the standard reference letters in the pack to write to their employer, bank and personal referree.
Signing them up
Once you have agreed to let your lodger have the room, you need to get them to sign the lodger agreement. This is with one of the packs, but if you already have a pack (you may have bought ours previously!) you can also buy the new lodger pack without the lodger agreement at a cheaper price.
Don’t forget them to sign the standing order form if you want them to pay by standing order!
The pack has detailed notes to help you use the forms, so you have nothing to worry about.
To read more about the pack and buy online >> click here.
Note that we are thinking of doing a companion ‘problem lodgers’ pack to help landlords who find they need to get rid ot their lodger. If this interests you, and you would like to know when it will be published, join our mailing list and you will be one of the first to know!