Do you live in a well-kept house in an accessible location? Do you like to meet new people and playing host?
If the answer is yes, yes and yes, then setting up your home as a B&B or a more informal 'homestay' or 'hometel' could be for you.
Ideally you have 2 large bedrooms to spare with en-suites (or with scope to be upgrades with en-suites). However, if your spare rooms don’t have en-suites and you have an accessible bathroom close by, you could simply charge a slightly lower rate to compensate.
Do I need any consents or permits?
Before you can get set up, there are several legal requirements you will need to look into and follow, such as health & safety legislation and food hygiene regulations.
Also, you may need to obtain planning permission and Building Regulations approval.
But don’t let the regulations deter you! Setting up a B&B can prove rewarding both personally and financially.
How do homestays or hometels work?
The more informal 'homestay' or 'homtel' options are becoming increasingly popular. They operate as a B&B 'lite'.
Whilst your accommodation will need to be spotless in the same way that a guest would expect in a B&B, with these more informal approaches to allowing guests to stay in your home, there is typically no expectation for you to provide a cooked breakfast.
In many Local Authorities in the UK, the Planning Department will allow you to operate a 'homestay' or 'homtel' without the need for planning permission.
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