Finding a room
For most single people, staying with friends or family is the most suitable housing option, unless you can afford to do otherwise. To ensure that any arrangements you make are sustainable you should ensure that you follow all reasonable house rules and that you financially contribute to the household. They could benefit from receiving a tax free income if they rent a room to you. However, if they are on benefits themselves this will have an impact on what they will receive so it is very important that appropriate enquiries are made to ensure all parties understand what this means for them.
If you are single, under 35, a childless couple or dependent on housing benefit it may be easier and cheaper to find a room to rent rather than a self-contained property.
To look for a room go to:
- Ask family, friends and work colleagues
- Local shop, supermarket and neighbourhood notice boards
- Local newspapers and classified adverts
- Social media – Facebook, Twitter etc
- To check the Local Housing Allowance (Housing Benefit) rates go to: https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/search.aspx
If you have a spare room in your house and would like to find out about renting a room and earning up to £4250 tax free per year please go to: https://www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home/becoming-a-resident-landlord
The council may be able to assist through our White Horse Lettings Team
Last reviewed: 14 - 04 - 2016