Homeowner/Lodger Agreement Tips

Renting a room in your principle private home to private tenants can earn you up to €10,000 tax free under the government Rent A Room scheme. Take some time to read over the information provided by the Citizen's Information Board and read over Irish Revenue's A Revenue Guide to Rental Income - IT 70.

It is recommended that both the Homeowner and Lodger agree on some basic ground-rules in advance. These ground-rules should be put in writing and both parties should each sign and keep a copy of the agreement. This will avoid disputes as the agreement can be referred to if there should be confusion or disagreement.

Suggestions For Ground-Rules

Homeowner Guidlines

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Lodger Guidlines

In terms of rental payment you would be expected to pay in the region of 60% of the going rate of a room that you would rent for a full week. This would depend of course on how many days you intend renting the room for. This is an important issue and should be agreed with the Homeowner in advance of the rental.

Always check out the room, in person, in advance - ensure it is suitable to your requirements.

It is always a good idea to for the Lodger and the Homeowner to agree to some ground-rules in advance. These ground-rules should be put in writing and both parties should sign and keep a copy each of the agreement. This avoids disputes as the agreement can be referred to if there should be confusion or any disagreement.

What Should You Agree On Beforehand?

Once again, we would encourage both Homeowners and Lodgers to read over the information provided by the Citizen's Information Board and read over Irish Revenue's A Revenue Guide to Rental Income - IT 70.