Laws on Renting a Room

By Jennifer Eblin

Renting a room in someone's house is a far less expensive option than renting an entire house or apartment. At the same time, though, all parties involved must abide by specific rules and laws. This applies to both the landlord or owner of the property and the tenant or renter.


Renting a room is different from renting a house or apartment, because there are no laws in place requiring a lease. If a lease is signed, all parties must abide by the rules of the lease.

Landlord/Tenant Laws

Laws between a tenant and landlord only apply in situations where the renter and owner sign a lease between them. If there is no lease, the tenant/landlord laws don't apply.

Rent Prices

The law on renting rooms states that the landlord cannot raise the rent without alerting the renter in advance. The renter also cannot demand that rent be lowered.


If the owner or landlord determines that he wants to end the agreement, he must give the renter proper notice. The renter must also give notice if he plans to move out earlier than the agreed-upon time.

Legally Responsible

If the renter attempts to move out prior to the agreed-upon time, she is responsible for the months leading up to that month. For example, if the renter agreed to stay until June and moved out in March, she's still responsible for the rent due in April and May.

Tax Laws

All landlords are required by law to claim any money they make from renting a room. They must include this income on their taxes and pay any taxes due.

About the Author

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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