At yours2share, we have lots of people using us to let and find weekday lodgings. I had an interesting question sent in through the comments last week and thought I’d post the question and answer here, as I get so many (what do I charge?” questions.
Question If a lodger has been quoted a weekly Monday to Friday rent and then decides occasionally to stay away for a couple of days during the week but wants to leave his stuff in the room when he isn’t there, should he be given a reduction for that weeks rent?
My reply: There is no hard and fast rule over things like this, it depends upon you and your lodger.
I wouldn’t assume a reduction if I was the lodger, as you can’t let or use the room with his stuff there.
However if this means that the arrangement is even more advantageous to you in that you are sharing your house less, and there is less heat, light, maybe food etc used, it may be in your interest to negotiate a small reduction. It also depends whether this is a permanent arrangement – and for how much of the time. So if the agreement was £xx for four nights, and now he will only ever be there 2 nights for the foreseeable future, you might choose to reduce a little. However if you really need all of £xx and would prefer to find another lodger to ensure that you get this, and it makes no difference to you that they are there 4 nights instead of 2, then explain this is why you can’t reduce it. If the number of nights away each week varies, I don’t think I’d accept a reduction as it is only fair that you know what your income will be.
Here is more guidance on Monday to Friday rentals.