Old boardsy member returning for a question regarding the definition of a self-contained unit for purposes of renting under the rent a room scheme.
I'm looking at undertaking a big renovation on my home, this involved extending to the front and the rear of my home. I have plans I could upload but as I've less than 5 posts I can't.
The extension to the front will be a new entrance point and it will extended the living space in my current converted garage. Once inside there will be 2 internal doors, one door leading what is my current hallway the other leading to what is the current converted garage. PP will be required for the work to be undertaken.
The extension to the rear will have 2 proposes, 1st to extend my current kitchen/dining room area and then 2nd to create a new downstairs bathroom and a new separate bedroom.
Access to the new downstairs bedroom and the downstairs bathroom will be from the current converted garage. I plan to put a kitchenette in what is the current converted garage.
I envision that at some point in the future the new bedroom/bathroom and kitchenette would be used by elderly parents, but for the moment they are very mobile and independent so it may be a few years off.
In the mean time I was planning on renting the new downstairs bedroom under the rent a room scheme, giving the licensee exclusive access to the new downstairs bedroom and the new downstairs bathroom, the kitchenette would be shared by all but the reality is I'd have very little need to use it if at all.
It's my opinion the above setup doesn't constitute a self-contained unit as the kitchenette/bathroom/bedroom section of the houses is entered via an internal doorway.
However there is little documentation available on what defines self-contained unit under the eyes of the RTB. I know the setup is revenue compliant for the rent a room scheme, however I do not wish to have to register a tenancy and all that comes with that scenario but would prefer a licensee situation.
I'm wondering if the good folks for boards would have any experience in the matter and if there is a definitive explanation of what is considered to be a self-contained unit in the eyes of the RTB