Once you are ready to take in a lodger you will need to advertise the room; remember it is not just the lodger’s room you are letting but also the whole property that they can use. Make the most of what you are offering: free wi-fi and a garden are all good letting features!
There are many online advertisement sites to help you let your room and which allow you to upload pictures and full descriptions on what you are offering.
Once you have found a lodger you may want to use a credit checking service to verify the lodger and take up references on the prospective lodger before moving on to signing Rocket Lawyer’s Lodger agreement.
If you are a landlord in England and Wales, you must check the lodger’s immigration status to make sure they have the right to rent. In Scotland, however, there is currently no legal requirement to check a lodger’s right to rent.
Remember, if you are thinking about letting a family member stay at the property, this does not constitute a lodger arrangement, but rather, an informal family arrangement. It is often assumed in these cases that there is no intention to create legal relations, unless the family member pays rent (in which case, they’d be a tenant as opposed to a lodger).