Letting if you are a home owner
This section explains how to go about taking in a lodger or letting your home if you are a home owner. You'll probably have to get permission from your mortgage lender, and you'll need to check whether it will affect your tax and/or welfare benefits. It's also important to understand the responsibilities of being a landlord.
A lodger is someone who rents a room in your home and who may share the bathroom, kitchen and/or living room with you.
If you rent out the whole of your home to someone else, this is called letting. The person who pays you rent is a tenant.
The amount of rent you can ask a lodger or tenant to pay normally depends on what private landlords charge in your area. In addition, you can ask your tenant to pay a deposit.
If you take in a lodger or rent out your home, you will have responsibilities as the landlord. The rights of your tenant will depend on the type of tenancy they have.
A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your tenant or lodger, setting out the terms and conditions of their stay in your property.
Last updated: 29 December 2014
Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.
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