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    Hi,

    I am new to all this and hope you can help me.

    I have had a property empty for a while now and thinking of letting it to have some money coming in and also to keep it warm during the winter

    Would I find it hard to find room tenants or is there a market for people needing rooms only?

    As I do not want to give away the whole house, I am thinking of letting rooms to maybe 2 or 3 tenants (ideally professional people) and keep one for myself so that I can keep a check on the house.
    I would like to include all the bills in the rent.

    Would I have to provide bedroom furniture?
    Reason why I am asking this is that I do not want them to complain later about the bed or condition.

    Put locks on the internal doors?

    Should I take references and ring to check out?

    Should I let them use the lounge and dining room or only the kitchen/bathroom.


    Can you please advise me how to proceed.


    Thanks in advance

    #2
    If you don't mind having under-25's on benefits, there are plenty of potential tenants out there, since Housing Benefit won't pay for more than a room for them. Whether you live in the house or not will make a difference to the kind of tenancy.Also, there are new rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation (do a search on this site and look in the HMO forum).

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      #3
      Thanks Caroline,

      I have gone few thorugh a few posts and in some state you can have 2 tenants and that does not classify as a HMO but more than two is HMO - Is that correct?

      If I keep it to two, do I not need to declare to the council?

      Thanks

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