If you let a room or rooms in your main home you will not pay any tax on rents received as long as the gross receipts do not exceed £4,250 in a tax year.
This relief extends to owner occupiers and tenants who receive rent from letting furnished accommodation in their home.
If your gross receipts are more than £4,250 you can choose between paying tax on:
- Your actual profit – gross rents minus actual expenses and in certain cases capital allowances, or
- Your gross receipts (and any balancing charges) minus £4,250; with no deduction for actual expenses or capital allowances.
Rent-a-room relief applies to a tax year and the limit of £4,250 is reduced to £2,125 if during the basis period someone else also received income from letting accommodation in the same property.