Subletting if you are a tenant
If you want to take in a lodger or sublet your home, different rules apply depending on the kind of tenancy agreement you have. This section explains whether you are likely to be able to take in a lodger or sublet your home and what your responsibilities are as a landlord to your new tenant.
You can find out what kind of tenant you are here if you're not sure.
A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your subtenant or lodger, setting out the terms and conditions of their stay in your property.
The rent you can charge depends on the rent you pay, and what other landlords charge for similar accommodation. You can ask for a deposit.
A lodger is someone, apart from a member of your household, who rents a room in your home and who may share the bathroom, kitchen and/or living room with you. Check rules for taking lodgers.
If you are a tenant and you rent the whole of your home to someone else, this is called subletting or subleasing. The person who pays you rent is a subtenant.
If you take in a lodger or are renting out a room in your house, you will have obligations as the landlord. The rights of your tenant will depend on the type of tenancy they have.
Your lodger or subtenant can live in the accommodation as long as your tenancy lasts. If your tenancy ends, your subtenant or lodger will have certain limited rights, depending on their situation.
Last updated: 29 December 2014
Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.
This content applies to Scotland only.