Do you want to do something amazing with your spare room? We’re looking for hosts for our Supported Lodgings Scheme. Here’s how it works.

If you’re considering taking in a lodger, you’re doing nothing extraordinary.

In the UK, around 3% of homeowners now have a lodger, compared with around 1.5% in 2009.

However, if you’re considering taking on a lodger through our Supported Lodgings Service, you’re providing a stable, secure, welcoming home for someone who has nowhere to live. You’re providing someone with the opportunity to get their feet back on the ground, to rebuild and move on.

And that in itself is extraordinary.

How does it work?

We’re looking to match:

  • Suitable, well-vetted tenants, with
  • Friendly, welcoming hosts, into
  • Good quality houses.

We have a team of people who are experts at helping people who need accommodation. We carefully assess people who approach our service, and create a bespoke action plan to help them manage their personal circumstances.

We also have a team of people who can work with you to make sure you are well-prepared for taking on a lodger. We can advise you on a wide range of potential issues, including property standards, rent collection, tax and benefits.

Most importantly, we work hard to make sure you are matched to a suitable lodger. We arrange initial viewings and will be there to answer any questions you have.

We will help you produce an agreement between you and the lodger so that you both know what to expect from each other from the outset. We’ll then provide regular initial support to you and the lodger to make the placement a successful one.

A typical lodger might stay with you for between three and nine months – though we are happy to negotiate shorter-term arrangements. We would then work with the lodger to move them on into appropriate longer-term accommodation.

What are the benefits?

Renting out a room can be a good way of earning extra money. We can help you negotiate a fair rent, and help you assess the tax and benefits implications – such as how to take advantage of the Government’s Rent-a-Room scheme.

However, the main benefit of renting out a room is the impact you’ll have on someone’s life.

We believe that safe, affordable accommodation is critical to someone’s wellbeing and recovery. You, and your home, could change the path of someone’s life.

So, if you’re interested, contact us.

We’re led by Cambridge City Council, who have been working with local private landlords since 2003. We work in partnership with the local community, and would love to discuss how you could get involved.