How to Easily Make £7,500 Tax-free in the UK

This is a fantastic way to help you get through the cost of living crisis

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Not only will you be making money, but you’ll also be helping others out at the same time. This will only work if you have a spare room in your home.

You also need to be willing to share your home with either friends or strangers.

It’s super-easy and beats working a second job. What you need to do is rent out a spare room in your home. The best part is that any rent up to £7,500 a year is completely tax-free. You don’t even need to declare the income to HMRC, the UK equivalent of America’s IRS.


To be eligible, you need to follow a few simple rules.

  • You need to be a resident landlord — this scheme doesn’t apply if you’re renting out an entire unit
  • You can join the scheme whether you own or rent your home — if you rent, check with your landlord to make sure sub-leasing is allowed
  • You are also eligible if you run a bed and breakfast or a guest house

Note that you cannot use the scheme for homes converted into separate flats.

See full details on the following HMRC website:

HMRC rent-a-room details.

How much tax will you save?

If you’re on the basic income tax rate, you’ll save 20%, or £1,500 a year. If you pay the higher tax rate, you’ll save 40%, or £3,000 a year. These figures assume you’re getting a rental income of £7,500 or more.

You’ll need to pay tax on rental income above £7,500.

An annual income of £7,500 a year is equivalent to £625 a month.

You’d be able to rent out a spare bedroom for £625 in many parts of the UK.

But wait, there’s more

As all those corny late-night shopping channels always say…

But wait, there’s more

Imagine you rent out a room in your home at £625 a month for 10 years and invest that money. At an 8% rate of return, you’d end up £198,000.

Over 20 years, you’d end up with £357,000.

Investing over 20 years with a 10% annual return would leave you with £452,000.

You’d be almost halfway to becoming a millionaire. This is a fantastic way to build wealth if you’re someone that doesn’t mind sharing their home.

If you invest via an ISA, much of this could be tax-free.

Use the investment calculator below if you want to input different figures.

Investment Calculator.

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