What is the difference between a tenant and a licencee?
Asked on Mar 11 2013,
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There are a few distinct differences between a tenant and a licensee in definition.
If you are a tenant, you have exclusive rights to live in a property (or a part of it, for example a single room) and exclude anyone else, including the landlord. If you are a licensee though, you will normally share some facilities with a resident landlord, including the likes of kitchens and bathrooms.
A tenant must also have a set level of rent. This has to be written down and consented to before the lease can begin, whereas a licensee will not necessarily have to pay rent, but can do. This can, on occasion, be because it tends to be a more casual agreement between families or friends rather than between a landlord and a customer.
For a tenant, a legal contract must be a part of the deal, while they also have the right to a set period of notice before they vacate the property.
Answered on Mar 18 2013,
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