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  1. Can I evict my lodger if things don’t work out or I need the room back?

    If you wish to evict your lodger you must provide them with a reasonable amount of notice.  When you take in a lodger it is advisable to write up a licence that you both sign and agree to the conditions of.

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  2. Can my lodger continue living at my property if my tenancy ends?

    The lodger can only continue to live at your property whilst you have a tenancy there.

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  3. How much should I charge a lodger?

    What you charge your lodger will depend on what facilities you are providing for them.  To give yourself an idea you may wish to refer to websites such as www.spareroom.co.uk and look up what other people in your area charge for similar accommodation.

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  4. How will having a lodger affect my benefits?

    If you take in a lodger you will need to inform your local benefits agency immediately.  Taking in a lodger may affect the amount of benefit that you are entitled to.  If you don’t tell them, you may end up having to repay an overpayment or be prosecuted for fraud.  The benefits agency will assume your lodger is paying you for occupying rooms in your home.

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  5. How will taking in a lodger affect my household utility bills?

    An extra person in the household may increase the amount you spend on things like gas, electricity and water.

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  6. How will the money I receive from my lodger/s affect my other benefits before and after the Universal Credit?

    Before Universal Credit

    If you have a lodger after the Under Occupancy Charge comes in to force on 1 April 2013 their bedroom will be classed as occupied.  As long as all the bedrooms in your property are occupied on a permanent basis you will not be classed as under occupying your property and will not be affected by the charge.

    However, the rent you receive from the lodger may affect your benefit entitlement.  The first £20 of rent received from lodgers is disregarded when calculating housing benefit entitlement.

     

    After Universal Credit

    If you have a lodger after you have moved over on to Universal Credit their bedroom will not be classed as occupied under the Under Occupancy Charge rules.  This means that you will be classed as under occupying your property and will be affected by the Under Occupancy Charge.  However, the rent you receive from the lodger will help you pay the charge and any excess rent you receive over and above the charge will not reduce your benefit entitlement.

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  7. Should I do a background check on my lodger?

    It is a good idea to do a background check on you lodger for your own safety and security as they will be sharing your home.  For example, you may wish to get a reference from their previous landlord.  You may also wish to carry out checks to see if they can afford their rent.   The extent of the checks you carry out may differ from one person to the next and it is for you to decide what may be appropriate.

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  8. What is a lodger?

    A lodger is someone who rents a room in your home and shares your facilities.  A lodger is not the same as a subtenant, who have different rights. For example, a lodger may not have the right to put a lock on their bedroom door.

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  9. What will I need to provide for my lodger?

    You must provide your lodger with a furnished room and use of other communal areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. It is up to you to decide whether you wish to provide meals and do their laundry/cleaning.

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  10. Will having a lodger affect my Home Insurance?

    If you have a home insurance policy, you must contact your provider to make sure you are still covered and inform your lodger if they require their own insurance.

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  11. Will I have to pay income tax on the income I receive from my lodger?

    If the income from letting a room exceeds a certain amount known as a threshold, then you may be liable to pay income tax.

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  12. Will my council tax increase?

    If you claim single occupants discount for Council Tax you may no longer be eligible for this if you take in a lodger.  You are advised to obtain independent advice about the council tax implications for you in doing so.

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