Nothing within this webpage shall supersede or alter the “License to Occupy” agreement.


It can be daunting moving to a new shared house but never fear we have put together a few resources; of course you will have read the Lodger Agreement.


On this webpage you will find a few more resources that will help you feel more at home faster, below, you will find Step-by-step video guides and the Lodger Orientation Guide which you may want to print off.


Probably the biggest problem in a shared house is that everyone has a different idea of what is clean, tidy and quiet. We do live in a clean and tidy house and we have some very simple procedures that help to ensure that everyone is doing their bit to keep the house nice for everyone.


So if you are sitting comfortably

please review the videos and Lodger guide below.

(Sorry in advance I am not a actor / film star)


Step-by-Step Video Guides

IMPORTANT to khow to do these because

you will be doing your clean once a week.


How to clean the bathroom

How to clean the kitchen

 Cleaning as we go example


  How to load the dishwasher

How to walk around at night

 How to close a door at night



Lodger Orientation Guide


Clear, crisp and clean

You will be able to see that the house renovation is now almost been finished J in the key areas, not withstanding a bit of touch up painting. All the areas have nice new, floors, walls, tiles and appliances. We maintain this crisp, clear and clean look and feel by:-

Cleaning as we go.

Keeping all surfaces free from clutter.

Storing as much as we can in cupboards.

Brushing and mopping floors daily.

Deep cleaning the areas we use once a week.


We all clean as we go, that said, the shared areas ie kitchen, hallway, shower room and the floors all need a brush and clean at least every other day. Given that there are 4 people living here that means we all need to do a full clean, brush and mop once a week (just pick a day). Like ourselves we appreciate you are busy so we will show you how we do it in a quick and easy way.



When you go out please ensure all windows that you have opened are closed.

It is up to you if you wish to lock your room door but please always ensure external doors are locked.

If you have a push bike we have an under-cover bike rack with metal hoops buried in the ground. You can store your bike here.



You are free to use the utensils i.e. knives, forks, cups, plates, saucepans, microwave, juicers, blenders, Iron, washing machine, dishwasher etc.

Garden shed

Should you find you have items that are temporarily not required, we have a garden shed that you can store these in to help you free-up your cupboard space, the householder cannot be held responsible for anything that may or may not happen to these items i.e. damp, theft etc


Drying clothes

In order to help keep the house warm and dry (mould free) it is always better to dry clothes on the washing line or in the secure drying cupboard outside by the front door, especially thick items like towels etc

This bolt by the front door locks and unlock the external drying area



The house has building insurance. If you wish to protect your personal belongings you should purchase your own contents insurance. When I last checked, this insurance company did offer contents insurance to lodgers and students http://www.endsleigh.co.uk/Student/Pages/student-possessions.aspx .

The Householder cannot be held responsible for anything that happens to your personal property.


Damage and deposits

In the event that something becomes damaged, don’t panic, just let us know. To date we have not needed to deduct anything from anyone’s deposit. In most cases we can usually fix it without any charge. If we need to buy something to fix it then we may ask for a contribution but in most cases we will not. It is only if something is broken / damaged that is costly or if everything you touch becomes damaged then we will have to consider passing on the charge.


In the event that something becomes damaged and nobody owns up we will deduct the proportionate cost of repair from everyone. (excluding anyone that can prove it could not have been them, Ie in another country at the time of the damage).


Cleaning utensils and chemicals

The householder will supply:-

1.       Flash cleaner (floors), Broom, mop, dustpan and brush - these will be located in the hallway cupboard.

2.       Cleaning cloths, bathroom cleaner and bleach for the toilet - these will be located in the shower room/ bathroom.

3.       Cleaning cloths, kitchen cleaner (tops and fronts), cream cleaner (sink), bin bags and dishwasher tables - these will be located under the sink.


For the purpose of clarity you will buy your own toiletries, toilet rolls and food.



We have two bins, one for recycling and one for everything else.

We empty these bins when they get to 75% full or at the end of the day, whichever comes first.

9pm to 8am

As we all have busy lives and need our sleep. With this in mind we ask everyone to keep noise levels down very low between these times:-


How to close doors quietly – shut and open them slowly,

How to reduce kitchen noise – pick up items or put them down slowly. Pots , pans plates make a penetrating noise.

How to walk around quietly – walk more slowly and place your foot on the floor then shift your weight on to it.

How to use the stairs quietly - walk more slowly and place your foot on the stair then shift your weight on to it.


Remember it is in everyone’s interest to get a good night’s sleep


Using the hob


Before using the hob please wipe the hob and the bottom of the saucepan. This will remove any fine dust that may have settled on the hob and any bits stuck to the bottom of the saucepan.



Once you have finished cooking and the hob has cooled please ensure it is wiped down.

For stubborn stains you can use some cream cleaner with a NON-scratch pad.


That was a NON-scratch pad.


When not in use the hob can be either off or locked. If there is a red light above the padlock symbol it means the hob is locked. Place your finger on the padlock symbol for 3 seconds to unlock the hob.



Once unlocked place your finger on the (on / off) symbol to turn the hob on.



Once the hob is on you can set the temperature of the rings by placing your finger on the ( - / + ) symbol for the corresponding ring



Using the oven


Turn the right hand knob to the desired temperature

Turn the left hand knob to the symbol with 3 arrows (as in the image below) for rapid pre-heating.



Once the pre-heating temperature has been reach the oven will beep at which point you should turn the left hand knob to the square with the two dark lines in it. (as in the image below)



Using the dishwasher


Please be lazy and use the dishwasher

Dishwasher uses less water compared to everyone washing up their own cup, plate, knife and fork etc


As part of our “cleaning as we go” strategy to keep the house nice; we place all dirty cups, plates, pans etc into the dishwasher as they are created. If the dishwasher is full of clean items then this means, it is your turn to empty the dishwasher, LOL - it only takes about 4 min’s.


We run the dishwasher once full or at about 8pm when everyone has had their evening meal.

The house holder will supply the dishwashing tablets.


When loading the dishwasher we do not pre wash the items, all we do is scrape the remaining food into the bin and then place the item into the dishwasher.


Many of the controls are hidden on the top of the door and are only accessible when the door is open.

For day-to-day dishes we find the 35C program does the job.


Once a week when we do the deep clean we wash out the dishwasher filter, top up the salt & rinse aid, but should the salt or rinse aid light be lit please let Mark or Cheryl know. (You can still start the dishwasher.)



Once the dishwasher is full and the 35C programme selected, add tablet, shut the door and press start.




Using the washing machine


You will need to supply your own clothes washing powder.


For day-to-day washing we find that program 30 - 40C program does the job.


Place powder in drawer.

Turn dial on the washing machine to orange dot.

Press quick wash.

Press start.



Using the downstairs showroom


At this time the down stairs shower room is only used by the householder. These directions have been included in case the upstairs shower becomes faulty.


With the water off gently:-

Move the leaver to the left as far as it will go.

Move the leaver away from the wall as far as it will go.

Wait until the water gets very hot. (30 seconds)

Slowly move the leaver to the right until the water temperature drops to the temperature you want.



Should the water become too cold or too hot whilst having a shower PRESS the lever towards the wall and the water will stop.


Using the tumble dryer


At this time there is no tumble dryer. This section has been included at this time to cater for future events that may result in a washer dryer being installed.

Tumble dryers can be very costly to run there for their use is prohibited we have supplied an undercover drying area please use it (nature is FREE). That said should future events result in a tumble dryer being installed. I will offer an emergency drying service for £5.00 per 30 min’s of drying time. Minimum fee £5.00.


Using the thermostat


The thermostat controls the core temperature. Each room has a thermostat control on the radiator and the maximum temperature for that room can be controlled on the radiator.


There is no need to touch the thermostat control as it will automatically alter the temperature depending on the day of the week and time of the day.


If you need extra warmth then press the large boost button.








Nobody likes getting

bunged-up so please only

put toilet paper in the toilet.


(Paper towels, wipes, cotton buds, sanitary items etc must go into the bin.)



Step-by-Step Video Guides


How to clean the bathroom

How to clean the kitchen

 Cleaning as we go example


  How to load the dishwasher

How to walk around at night

 How to close a door at night