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Taking in a lodger? Here are the rules:

What is a lodger?

A lodger is someone, other than a member of your household, who rents a room in your home and who may share the bathroom, kitchen and/or living room with you.

You are only likely to be able to take in a lodger if you rent a whole house or flat from DGHP and you have a spare room.

Can I take in a lodger?

Whether or not DGHP will allow you to take in a lodger will depend on the decision of your neighbourhood manager.

You will need written permission from your neighbourhood manager to take in a lodger. We will give permission if it’s reasonable to do so.

What effect will a lodger have on my income?

Taking in a lodger can be a good way of earning extra money. However, it can also have an adverse effect on your income:

  • Benefits: If you are claiming benefits such as housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance or income support, the money you get from your lodger may affect how much benefit you get. It is important to inform the relevant benefits department as soon as you start receiving rent. If you don’t, you may have to pay back any benefits that you weren’t entitled to
  • Council tax: If you are receiving a single person discount on your council tax, you will no longer be eligible for this if you take in a lodger. However, you can charge your lodger their share of the council tax bill

What tenancy status does a lodger have?

If you share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom with your lodger, they will be a common law tenant. Common law tenants don’t have many rights, but you will still need a court order to evict them if you ask them to leave and they don’t want to go.

The important points

  • A lodger is someone, other than a member of your household, who rents a room in your home
  • Whether or not DGHP will allow you to take in a lodger will depend on the decision of your neighbourhood manager
  • Taking in a lodger can be a good way to bring in extra money to your household, but it can also have adverse effects on your benefits and/or your council tax

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