My only property in the Midlands is being rented out but one of the bedrooms are full of my personal belongings. I work away and rent a room closer to my work in Hampshire. I will need to declare the rent to HMRC as an additional income. For tax purposes: Do I qualify under the "Rent a room Scheme" although I don't go back home regularly because of my job in Hampshire? Please advise, thank you.
We basically share the house as I can come and go as often as I want. That's why I need to know where I stand when it comes to file my tax return.
Yes because of my work and I only rent a room.
Going back to my home every weekend will be very expensive for me to do.
Its bad news. HMRC guidance states -
Rent-a-Room applies only to owner occupiers and tenants who receive rent from letting furnished accommodation in their only or main home.
Therefore sadly it does not appear to be your only or main home.
This is because you accept that you spend more time away than at home.
So no, I am sorry to say it would not count
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and it certainly is not the answer you want, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
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