You will need to decide in advance if you are going to provide furniture and where your new potential tenant will have access to. Sorting out all the details beforehand and getting a written agreement or rental contract will save any miscommunication or confusion later on. This includes you deciding in advance which bills are included in the rent and what else your lodger will pay for.
Inform your insurance company that you are taking in a lodger and also ask the lodger to provide insurance for their own contents, as you are not obliged to insure your lodgers contents. You will need to get your gas appliances checked by a Gas Safe Registered professional.
If you receive a reduced rate council tax for single occupancy, you will need to ensure you let your local authority know of your change in circumstance and expect to pay more council tax as a result.
And lastly you must ensure that you inform your tax office if you earn over £7,500 per year from your lodger. If you fill out a tax return anyway make sure you include the income.
Will you still need a deposit – Yes you will.
Will you need to pay bills – You will need to check with your landlord as to exactly what is included in the rental of the room.
What facilities can you use, what space is yours? Again this needs to be discussed before you move in and hand over any money.
Will you have access to the washing machine, will there be specific times you are able to use the kitchen.
Do you have a shared bathroom, who is responsible for the cleaning. Will you have access to the living room and the TV. These are all valid questions that you need to discuss with your potential landlord before you move in. It may seem unnecessary at first but will avoid most nasty problems before they occur. Ensuring both you and your landlord have a great relationship.
For more information contact Elite Lettings, based on the South Coast, Clair and the team are specialists in property rentals and can offer a host of services. 01202 521 292