Take advantage of the rent a room scheme

Although we all aspire to own vast portfolios of luxurious property, the fact is many of us don’t. However, you may rent on a smaller scale. Renting out a room in your house is becoming increasingly…

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Last Updated: 9th February 2022

Although we all aspire to own vast portfolios of luxurious property, the fact is many of us don’t. However, you may rent on a smaller scale. Renting out a room in your house is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s a nifty little way of earning some extra money. By signing up to the rent a room scheme you can enjoy extra income from rent and also benefit from up to £4,250 tax free.

How it works

Rent a room applies only to owner occupiers/landlords who receive rent from letting furnished accommodation in their main home. Best of all, if your income from this letting does not exceed £4,250 you will be exempt from tax charges on your profit. The tax exemption is automatic, so if your profit does not exceed £4,250, you can sit back and watch the money roll in.

What if my income exceeds £4,250?

If your income from rent a room exceeds £4,250 you must complete a tax return, and you can choose to pay tax on either:

  • Your profit  from the property
  • You gross income (before tax)

But don’t worry, we can help you every step of the way. If your income exceeds £4,250, Go SimpleTax  and file your tax return online, the easy way.

Responsibilities of a Landlord

Becoming a landlord brings with it certain responsibilities. If you rent out a room in your home, you’re responsible for:

  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Gas safety certification (annually)
  • Rental agreement with your lodger
  • Protecting your tenants’ deposit if your tenant has an assured shorthold tenancy

Why should I sign up for rent a room?

Clearly, the biggest advantage of the rent a room scheme is additional rental income, and the added bonus of £4,250 absolutely tax-free. However, there is one downfall. The rent a room scheme does not cover ‘wear and tear.’ By this, we mean any wear and tear in the property, such as a broken boiler or replacing fixtures and fittings; you will not be able to deduct any of these expenses under the rent a room scheme. It’s up to you whether you perceive the costs of wear and tear to outweigh the additional income from rent, but this is certainly a great opportunity to earn some extra cash.

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