Rent A Room – Students turn “live in landlords” and take in lodgers

Rent A Room – Students turn “live in landlords” and take in lodgers

17:25 PM, 20th November 2012, About 11 years ago

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When it comes to renting spare rooms to lodgers, one website immediately sprung to mind –

I spoke to Sam Cowen, Head of Marketing at SpareRoom this afternoon and asked her if she would be interested in producing a free step by step guide to taking in a lodger. Sam is becoming a regular poster of comments here at Property118 so whilst I’ve never met her, I had a good idea that she would be up for the challenge. As I might have anticipated though, given that SpareRoom has the largest market share of lodgers and house/flat-share landlords using the internet to find each other, Sam was a step ahead of me 🙂 – details of how to download the free guide from are below.

House Share and Flat Share Tax Benefits for owners occupiers

There are tax benefits in “House Share” and “Flat Share” letting for owner occupiers (also known as “live in landlords) too. Did you know that if you rent a room in your house or flat to a lodger that the first £81.73 a week received in rent is not taxable? To qualify for this tax break the property MUST be your own home though. Could this be the recession buster you’ve been looking for?

Students rent out a room after buying with 100% mortgage finance

Using the new 100% financing scheme to buy their own home students could rent out a room or two to cover the costs. Not only will they get themselves onto the housing ladder but if they can rent out say two rooms in a three bed house or flat they may bring in enough rent to cover the majority if not all the cost of ownership. So that’s a foot on the property ladder and the potential of reducing the costs of living – seems like a no brainer to me!

Taking in a Lodger?

Download the Free 5 Page Guide from

Thinking of taking in a lodger? Look no further, have created a 5 page guide for you to download, print out and keep and it’s totally free. Just fill in your details below and we will link you straight through to the download. Your contact details will also be sent over to so that they can offer you further help and even some free advertising.

The guide includes:

  • Information on how to earn £4,250 a year tax free from your room
  • A simple explanation of all that’s involved
  • A step by step guide to taking in lodgers to keep the whole process stress free

To download your own free copy of the guide simply fill in your details below.

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