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Lodging cheaper than renting in four out of five UK cities

Lodging with a homeowner is more affordable than splitting the cost of renting an equivalent two bed flat with a friend in most of the UK’s towns, according to the latest research from

The average cost of renting a two bedroom flat compared to the cost of renting a room in the 50 largest cities and towns around the country.

The research shows that lodgers that in 41 of the UK’s largest towns, renting a room with a live-in landlord is cheaper than sharing a rental property.

The UK’s 472,000 lodgers put a total of £2.3bn a year in rent in homeowners’ pockets – compared to the £9.8bn spent in rent each year by the 1.9m who flatshare with non-homeowners.

Jonathan Moore, director of, says: “Lodgers can get a much better address for their money in most UK cities than if they rent a flat. In theory their rights are restricted to just their rooms but in practice they can enjoy all the living space too.

“For homeowners, there is always a trade off between the inconvenience of having someone else living in your home, and the financial benefit. But the cost of homeownership is now so high in many cities that homeowners are increasingly looking to rent out spare rooms. In these areas, competition amongst live-in landlords is keeping rents much lower than in the wider rental market.”

The biggest differences were to be found in the UK’s larger cities. Central London provided the greatest saving for lodgers, where it is 42% cheaper to rent with a live-in landlord rather than by sharing a tenancy.

The cost of lodging per month in the first two zones of the capital stands at £698 pcm, compared to the £1,201 pcm for someone co-renting a two bedroom flat. Over the course of a year, lodgers are saving £6,036. With over 108,000 lodgers in London, lodging is saving Londoners more than £655m collectively each year. London lodgers will contribute more than £909m this year to homeowners’ budgets. 


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