Renting a home from family, friend or someone that you know

There are advantages and disadvantages of renting a home from a family member, friend or someone that you know.

The advantages are:

  • This way of renting can mean you find a house that suits you quickly.
  • Renting from a relative can often be a more secure way of renting privately.

The disadvantages are:

  • With family members, it may be awkward if things do not work out well.
  • It can be hard if you do not have an agreement about repairs or changes in the house.
  • You have to check housing benefit rules about renting from a family member