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The good news is that renting a room in your own house can earn you money. The better news is that up to certain amount this is tax-free money under the government's 'Rent a Room' scheme. And the best news is that renting a room to a lodger is easy. Taking in a lodger can be a straightforward, stress-free process from start to finish. Your time sharing your house with your lodgers should be a pleasure. And it will be, as long as you follow some basic rules. This essential legal guide to taking in a lodger gives you everything you need to rent a room to a lodger whom you are comfortable with.
Tessa Shepperson is a solicitor and author well-known for her specialisation in landlord and tenant law. She is the author of 'The Complete Guide to Residential Letting' and 'Renting: the Essential Guide to Tenants' Rights', both published by Lawpack. She has great experience of the practical aspects of lettings, and regularly gives talks to both landlords and to fellow solicitors. Tessa lives in Norwich and is Honorary Secretary of the Norfolk and Norwich Law Society.