Taking in a lodger or subletting your home

If you have a spare room, you may be considering taking in a lodger or subtenant to help you pay your rent. Or you may want to rent the whole of the property to someone else and move out. This section explains how to go about this and what the rights of your tenant will be.

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  • Subletting if you are a tenant

    If you want to take in a lodger or sublet your home, the rules depend on the tenancy agreement you have. Check if you can take in a lodger or sublet.

  • Letting if you are a home owner

    How to take in a lodger or let your home. You need permission from your mortgage lender, and to check if it will affect your tax and/or welfare benefits.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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