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    • stg123
    • By stg123 6th Oct 17, 7:10 PM
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    Is a home-swap agreement a tenancy?
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    • 6th Oct 17, 7:10 PM
    Is a home-swap agreement a tenancy? 6th Oct 17 at 7:10 PM
    Hi all,

    I am thinking of doing a home swap holiday. I'm finding it really hard to find out what the legal situation is. I've found various template swap agreements on the internet, but they really don't look like binding agreements.

    My main concern is what happens in the worst case - say the other party end up refusing to leave. I'm assuming that there is no tenancy agreement, so they'd be treated as a squatter, rather than as a tenant? Seems to make a big difference in terms of how quickly you can get them out of the property. I'm sure this is super-rare, I'm just surprised that the home swap sites are all so vague about what sort of agreement a home swap actually is.
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    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 6th Oct 17, 7:41 PM
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    Its not a tenancy. https://www.homelink.org.uk/Contact_Us.html
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    • By G_M 6th Oct 17, 8:04 PM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 8:04 PM
    Originally posted by Norman Castle
    I too doubt it's a tenancy, but that link provides little detail on the legal arrangements.

    Insurance is bound to be an issue, as would be claiming liability off the 'home-swapper' for damage (imagine they advertise a rave at your property.....).

    I think eviction if they refused to vacate would be relatively easy, though would be very stressful especially if you were homeless for a while.

    I'm sure The Holiday (2006) - IMDb makes it look really easy, but.....
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