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House rules and overnight guests

Note: due to the effects of COVID-19, some of the information on this page might not currently apply.

Found your new lodger? Now it’s time to chat through how things will work. It can be tempting at this point to just hand over the keys and deal with issues as and when, but it’s far better to be clear up front, before any money is involved. Don't presume you both expect the same things!

Things to think about:

Overnight guests

One of the most common complaints we hear from lodger landlords is that their lodger’s partner spends too much time in the property. It can be a real problem, especially if it’s just you and your lodger, as you can quickly feel outnumbered in your own home. So what can you do?

One idea (which came from a SpareRoom user) is the ‘boyfriend rule’. This basically means your lodger’s partner can stay over as many nights a week as your lodger stays at theirs. This means the maximum number of nights your lodger can have their partner to stay in a week is three and, if this happens, they’ll also be at their partner’s for three nights – giving you the place to yourself (bonus).

Make sure you chat about this before they move in as it can be difficult to bring the subject up once a pattern has been established.


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