Letting rooms in your home

Letting rooms in your home can earn you extra income. If you want to let part of your home while living there, you need to know your responsibilities.

Letting to tenants or selling property

If you let, sell or manage premises, you must comply with:

  • the Disability Discrimination Act
  • the Sex Discrimination Act
  • the Race Relations Act

If you aren't sure,  get legal advice.

What the landlord is responsible for

  • repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water systems, basins, sinks, baths and other sanitaryware
  • the safety of gas and electrical appliances
  • the fire safety of furniture and furnishings provided under the tenancy
  • ensuring that the property is fit for habitation
  • repairing and keeping in working order the room and water heating equipment
  • the common areas in multi-occupancy dwellings

For more information about a landlord's responsibilities, go to:

The landlord must provide the tenant with a rent book and a statement of tenancy terms within 28 days of the tenancy commencing. Landlords can use the sample rent book.

What the tenant is responsible for

  • paying the rent and taking care of the property
  • paying bills for gas, electricity and telephone if agreed with your landlord

For more information about a tenant's responsibilities, go to:

The Rent a Room scheme

The Rent a Room Scheme allows you to earn £7,500 a year tax-free from letting  furnished accommodation in your own home. To read more about the scheme, go to:

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