room to rent...single mum??

(12 Posts)
Sunflowersmiling Mon 16-May-16 23:14:52

Hi, well I'm starting to think about renting out a room to another single mum. We live in a little village in North cumbria, just 2 doors away from an outstanding village school within a fantastic, traditional community. I have a large spare room, and just wondering whether there is anyone else out there on their own, who understands the 'only child/lone parent' challenge...and who might be interested in renting??

Flowerpower41 Tue 17-May-16 07:01:53

Think you need to put that on gumtree and/or local paper. Ad up in local newsagent or shop wouldn't hurt either. Good luck!

Sunflowersmiling Mon 21-Nov-16 22:06:52

Thanks Flowerpot, it's there in the back of my head still to do. smile

whattodoforthebest2 Tue 29-Nov-16 21:03:13

Try spareroom.co.uk too.

AtSea1979 Tue 29-Nov-16 21:05:00

I think it's a good idea but ideally you need two spare rooms for it to work and parenting styles could be totally different. I.e their toddler running amok whilst your DC try to sleep etc.

SingaSong12 Tue 29-Nov-16 21:22:48

Just some practical suggestions
The government website has info on being a resident landlord. The first Shelter link is directed at people who are having problems with mortgages and the second is about lodgers in general.

Not sure if it mentions but note that if you are on your own at the moment you will lose single person discount on council tax.
www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home
m.england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/repossession/mortgage_arrears/renting_out_a_room
m.england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/sharing_and_subletting/lodgers

Sunflowersmiling Thu 19-Jan-17 05:54:23

Thanks smile sorry for slow reply I've been with flu all christmas. I do have two rooms potentially, although one is in use at the moment and our spare bedroom is huge, would easily convert into two (with a window each). I've thought about that. I hadn't thought about council tax tho. Or if parenting styles were very different. I guess sharing /learning different parenting styles could be a positive thing too? Thanks for the link...I will take a look x

NC1nightstand Thu 19-Jan-17 06:15:24

In theory sounds like a fantastic idea. The company and friendship of another adult who understands just how tough being a lone parent is, extra financial help etc. But it could also be a bloody nightmare if she turned out to be very different, have a horrible boyfriend lurking in the background, saw you as free childcare, you just didn't click. It's just a case of finding the right person, ask loads of questions, meet up several times before moving day etc. The best option is o robably someone you already know or someone a good friend knows really well. Is there anyone from school, old mother and baby clubs? Also, if she is downsizing from a house/flat can your house accommodate all those belongings?
I really hope it works out for you, it's an interesting idea and could be wonderful!

Sunflowersmiling Sat 18-Feb-17 21:58:40

Thank you! Well I've still not gone for it. ..but haven't ruled it out completely. I lover the idea
..the reality tho is probably much much harder.

ImperialBlether Sat 18-Feb-17 22:00:51

I think it's a great idea to get a lodger, but I think it could be a nightmare (as said above) if it went wrong. Why not go for a lodger without kids?

In theory it's a great idea. Maybe post on MN Cumbria? Though it's very quiet there. Local FB site?

Ohyesiam Sat 18-Feb-17 23:10:51

Have you heard of work awayers? You go to website, ( something like workaway.Com, you'll find it), and can be really specific about what help you need, and likely people match themselves with you. They do 5 his work a day for room and food. childcare, cleaning, gardening, whatever. Often they are traveling the world, and are interesting intelligent people. Lots of single mums I know use them.

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