Becoming a resident landlord

You’re a resident landlord if you let out part of a property which is your only or main home.

If you only occasionally rent out part of your home (for example through short-term rental apps), check if you need to tell HMRC about this income.

If so, you’ll have certain rights and responsibilities:

  • you’re responsible for keeping the property safe and in good repair
  • a tenant or lodger doesn’t have the right to challenge the agreed rent
  • you may be able to earn £7,500 per year tax-free under the Rent a Room Scheme
  • you can give less notice to end a letting than if you rented out the property as a whole

Ask potential tenants or lodgers for references and follow them up before signing any agreement. Read the guide about letting rooms in your home for more information.