What you need to do when you take in flatmates or boarders
If you own a house, you can take in flatmates or boarders to occupy the spare bedrooms and help with the bills.
Tenancy agreements with flatmates and boarders are not covered by any tenancy laws, but it’s still a good idea to put the terms of the agreement in writing.
You should write down:
- how much the flatmate or boarder will pay a week and how they’ll pay it
- what’s included — for example, power, phone, use of the kitchen
- any bond they’ll pay
- how much notice they should give you before they move out
- rules for visitors and overnight stays
- any other rules — for example, pets, smoking.
If you have a dispute with your flatmate or boarder – eg about unpaid rent or bills – it may be possible to resolve this through the Disputes Tribunal.
Taxing income from flatmates or boarders
If you get income from flatmates or boarders, you may have to pay tax on it.
You may be able to get advice about flatmates and boarders from: