How do I find a Lodger?
Finding the right lodger is the key to a healthy landlord-lodger relationship as sharing one’s residential property with a stranger can lead to a number of lifestyle-related problems.
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The best way to find a lodger...
is through a friend or an acquaintance, who can vouch for the person they recommend. Ask at work, church, Facebook, LinkedIn, sports clubs, and the 'school gates'. Someone may know 'just the person' for you.
If the word of mouth option is unsuccessful then here are some other options which work well.
Putting up an advertisement on the notice board of a local library, school or market can help to find a lodger who is local. Advertising for potential lodgers in a local newspaper or some other printed publication is another common method used by house owners. Comparatively modern ways of finding lodgers include posting online ads on property and real-estate websites or even on social media. Try one of these:
What do I need to tell the lodger when I advertise?
A proper advertisement inclusive of the facilities and utilities offered by the landlord goes a long way in attracting people interested in the lodging. A well-constructed ad promoting a comfortable lodging commonly consists:
- Complete description of the room(s) and adjacent areas (if any) on offer
- Other areas accessible for the lodger (e.g. a garden, yard or rooftop)
- Photos of the room(s) and property
- Detailed direction to the location of the house, preferably with landmarks and maps
- Details of the rent and any additional tax or utility bills expected by the landlord
- Something about the landlord himself and what kind of a lodger he is looking for
Things to consider before advertising for lodgers
As crucial as it is to cover all the positive points about the living space on offer, all might come to nothing unless the advertisement is placed properly to be found by prospective lodgers. In case of online advertisements, it is advisable to first research the site to find out about its target audience so the ad reaches the intended group of people. The same thing is recommended when advertising in print. Extensive research and proper advertising increases the odds of potential landlords and lodgers finding each other.