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What is the difference between a lodger and a sub-tenant?

A lodger:

  • A lodger is someone who has access to; shares all of the facilities of the home and is treated like a member of the family or the household.
  • A lodger will normally have their own bedroom but will not have the right to refuse entry to the landlord.

A sub-tenant:

  • A sub-tenant is someone who has exclusive rights (a tenancy) over all, or a part of a home, for example a bedroom.
  • A sub-tenant is different to a lodger as a sub-tenant will normally have exclusive possession of a part of a building and will not normally share other parts of the home.
  • A sub-tenant will also have a key to their own room and the right to refuse the landlord entry except in circumstances set out in the tenancy agreement.
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