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Rent-a-Room: Earn €12,000 a year, tax free.

Under the Rent-a-Room scheme you can receive an income up to €12,000 in any tax year without having to pay any tax on it.

Revenue issued an eBrief this week to highlight some amendments to the scheme.

So, what do you need to do if you are interested?

Firstly, make sure that you meet the criteria.

Your home must be located in Ireland and you must occupy it as your sole residence. You don’t need to own the property, you could be a tenant and be sub-letting to someone else (although you would need to check with your landlord before doing this).

The relief applies only to residential tenancies, not to short-term guest arrangements. The occupants must be using the room on a long-term basis. For example, renting a room to a student for the academic year is covered, but taking in guests for short breaks is not.

From the tax year 2015 onward, the total (gross) rent that you get, which includes sums that the tenant pays for food, utilities, laundry or similar goods and services, cannot exceed €12,000 in the tax year

Rent-a-room relief will not affect your mortgage interest relief or your exemption from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) if you sell your home.

To list your room on click here.

For more information check out Rent-a-Room Releif on

You can also download’s PDF on Rent-A-Room here.


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