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Is it time to get a lodger?

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Renting out a Room is a great way to earn some tax free cash and in the Summer Budget an increase in the tax free allowance was announced…

The government will increase the Rent-a-Room relief from £4,250 to £7,500 a year from April 2016. The value of this relief has been frozen since 1997, so this increase will allow individuals who rent a room in their main residence to do so tax free on income up to £7,500 to reflect increases in rent.

You can use the scheme if:

  • you let a furnished room to a lodger
  • your letting activity amounts to a trade, for example, if you run a guest house or bed and breakfast business, or provide services, such as meals and cleaning

You can’t use the scheme if the accommodation is:

  • not part of your main home when you let it
  • not furnished
  • used as an office or for any business – you can use the scheme if your lodger works in your home in the evening or at weekends or is a student who is provided with study facilities
  • in your UK home and is let while you live abroad
  • the whole of your home, rather than a part of it

You can get further details in HS223

Finding a lodger shouldn’t be too difficult and websites like Spare Room can help.

steve@bicknells.net


2 Comments

  1. Great article steve! As a lodger or flatmate you can split your expenses using a service like wrinq (https://www.wrinq.com) it’s quite popular on the property forums (http://www.landlordreferencing.co.uk/forum/discuss/community-forum/an-innovative-rent-payment-solution-for-financially-excluded-tenants/)

  2. brickcap says:

    Great article steve! As a lodger or flatmate you can split your expenses using a service like wrinq (https://www.wrinq.com) it’s quite popular on the property forums (http://www.landlordreferencing.co.uk/forum/discuss/community-forum/an-innovative-rent-payment-solution-for-financially-excluded-tenants/)

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