Questions for Room Listers
How do I list my room?
To list your room to room seekers, visit the List A Room section of the site, where you register and sign-in to the site.
Once signed in, follow the instructions and enter the type of room you have, e.g. single, double, etc. and whether you accept single males, single females, or couples, etc.
Enter a short description of your room or property, not forgetting to say how close you are to amenities such as shops, public transport, parks etc.
Upload up to 3 photos of your room or property to show Room Seekers what it looks like.
The cost to list your room is just:
- £45 for 6 months, or
- £85 for 12 months.
Once payment is made your room will automatically be listed.
How much shall I charge?
Considering there are other options for Room Seekers such as hotels, B&Bs and various motel chains you do need to be realistic. We would suggest between £20-£40 a night.
If you have a double bed, en-suite bathroom, or TV and decide to offer coffee or tea in the morning then perhaps offer towards the higher price, and the lower if you have a small single room with a shared bathroom.
Don’t forget though, if there is an event in your area which could make room availability a little scarce, you can also take this into consideration.
Do I have to accept a booking?
No, not at all. If it’s not convenient or you just don’t want to you can decline the booking. You are under no obligation to accept. It is your decision.
What about safety?
Of course, letting a stranger into your home is something you need to make sure you are happy with. We suggest you take a few details from the Room Seeker, e.g. their name and full address, car registration (if any) and ask if they could bring ID when they arrive.
One of the reasons we don’t offer a booking service is that we want the Room Seekers to contact you directly so you can get a feel for them over the phone. If you are happy you can accept the booking, otherwise if you are not you can decline. Always remember, its YOUR property, YOU set the rules.
Do I pay you commission?
No, you pay to register your room on the site for either 6 or 12 months and every penny you charge you keep. You pay us nothing apart from the listing fee.
Is it tax free?
The government have a Rent A Room scheme where you can earn up to £4250 per year tax free.
What if I receive benefits?
If you are claiming any benefits such as housing benefits or tax credits etc., you will need to seek advice from your local benefits office as to whether any income from renting your room out would affect any benefits. Or indeed if you are able to. This is your responsibility to check out.
Do I need to have an en-suite bathroom or provide breakfast?
No, you don’t. You can offer a breakfast if you wish and of course if you don’t have an en-suite then you need to let the Room Seeker use the main bathroom.
It’s entirely up to you if you want to provide a cup of tea or coffee or even a breakfast. However you must price your room accordingly to what you are able to offer. You are under no obligation to do anything you don’t want to. Most visitors will want just a bedroom.
Can I alter what I am offering guests from time to time?
Of course. When they ring you can let them know if you feel you can offer them breakfast, for example. Then another time it may not be convenient for you so just let the guest know when they call to book the room.
Questions for Room Seekers
How do I find a room?
- Go to the Find a Room section of the site
- select your region on the map, then select your desired town. Alternatively search by town name or postcode and distance.
In the rooms listed you will see various details including:
- general location, with Google map;
- room type (single, double or twin beds);
- type of bathroom facilities (shared or ensuite);
- price; and
- the type of guests they are happy to accept bookings from. This is very important - remember this is someone’s house you are asking to stay in, so obviously they need to be fully comfortable with who they are letting their room out to.
When you have found a room you would like to stay in, contact the owner using the numbers provided to arrange your stay. Alternatively, you can email them using the Email Owner form and arrange a time to call them to discuss your planned stay.
When do I pay?
Your departure time may early or otherwise unsuitable for the owner so, to avoid any awkwardness or embarrassment we advise you to pay on arrival.
Will I get a receipt?
You will not get a receipt from Just a Bedroom as we are a listing service only. Receipts or any other details you need to discuss with the homeowner when you first call.
Will there be parking, restaurants, facilities, breakfast etc.?
JustaBedroom offers better location choices and options without the high costs of hotels requiring advance bookings. Each bedroom listing is different and our room owners only provide you with a bedroom. However, other facilities may well be on offer but they do depend entirely upon the location, the home and what the homeowner is willing to provide.
What about safety?
You are right to be concerned about safety as are the homeowners. It’s not rude or offensive, but just common sense. And once you have established a secure understanding everything runs much smoother. Use your own best judgment with possessions and your personal safety. Tell people where you are staying and give them contact information. Also, don’t be offended if the homeowner asks a few questions. The reason we don’t take bookings is that we encourage room owners and room seekers to communicate and feel comfortable about one another before either agrees to take a booking