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Rent out a room or need to rent a room?

Are you struggling to pay your rent or mortgage and have a spare room? Or are you looking for a room to rent?

A spare room can bring in additional income and provide valuable accommodation. 

To help you decide whether this is the best option for you, Boston Borough Council has produced a landlords' guide and a lodgers' guide providing information on how to go about renting a room and what you need to consider.

Cllr Mike Gilbert, portfolio holder for housing, said: "We need to help people manage their homes whether on benefits or not, making fairer use of the housing stock to provide homes for as many people as possible. Renting a room can be a good way to avoid the bedroom surcharge, make better use of housing and perhaps avoid isolation and loneliness"

For those of working age living in social housing and receiving Housing Benefit, from April 2013, the Housing Benefit will not now pay for spare bedrooms you do not need - which means that you may have a shortfall in your rent that you will need to pay yourself.  However, if the room is rented out to a lodger it will not be considered spare for Housing Benefit purposes, although the extra income may affect your benefits.

If you wish to check the impact of renting a room in your home will have on your benefit entitlements please contact the Housing Benefit Team on 01205 314202 or by email: