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by Michelle McGagh on Mar 17, 2014 at 09:10


Sky-high house prices and rents coupled with home-owning households struggling to pay the bills means the idea of taking in a lodger is catching on.

Riches said an increase in the rent-a-room relief which exempts households from paying tax on up to £4,250 a year of rent from a lodger could be increased.

‘With four million people renting private property and the continued pressure on housing, an easy way to boost supply and to help those facing the ‘bedroom tax’ would be to increase the threshold for rent-a-room relief,’ she said.

‘Currently taxpayers are exempt from income tax on up to £4,250 a year gross receipts received from a lodger who is living in their only or main home. The figure has been unchanged since it was introduced in 1997 despite the huge increase in average rental charges since then.’

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