If you don’t use your driveway or garage turn it into a money-spinner by renting it out. If you live in a big city or near an airport you could make as much as £17,000 a year!
- What’s the deal?
- How do you do it?
- A closer look at the parking sites
- How much can you make?
- Is it for me?
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Don’t ignore the possibilities of other people parking on your land, especially if you live close to a station or in a busy, urban area with little parking but lots of businesses.
If you have a garage but no car, you could potentially rent out your garage for others to park in (if there’s a demand for spaces).
You can also rent it out for other things, like letting bands use it as a rehearsal room… if you can stand thrash metal in your vicinity.
You can let your garage through a property-letting agent, particularly in major cities where hiring a garage can cost the same as a small flat! For Londoners, there are also websites like London Garages that deal solely in garage rental if you want to work through an agent.
When deciding on your price, contact a few local agencies to see what they would charge for it. On finding someone, draw up a contract that covers rent, damages (loss of keys etc) and the notice period for cancelling the contract.
Renting out your driveway is even simpler. Put ads in local papers or in the local newsagent or even on your front gate. If you live near a station, see if they will let you put a notice up there. Then see how much the station car park charges per day and try to undercut them – crafty!
Even better, register with sites such as Park Let or JustPark and let thousands of people know about your available space. Various websites offer you the chance to advertise your space for free but these are two of the most established sites and both offer a more comprehensive service. Compare various websites below.
Alternatively, put an ad on Gumtree but remember that you’ll have to do a lot of the legwork yourself including working out contracts and payments.
JustPark: It’s free to advertise your space, but they do charge a 3% commission on every successful booking. Also, be aware that for longer bookings (more than two months), they deduct 20% from your first month’s payment, but after that it goes back to 3%.
Their service includes a professionally drafted contract to download (there are actually six to choose from) and a completely flexible rental arrangement – you decide exactly when and for how long you rent your space for.
Park Let: This is the most restrictive option as it deals only with five or seven-day contracts. While it’s free to advertise your space, they do charge a 20% commission on your monthly rental earnings as well as an additional admin fee of £25 (+ VAT) for the first month.
Again, however, for this price they deal with all the contracts and processing payments and put in the extra work by negotiating with tenants on your behalf, collecting all monthly rental amounts using Direct Debit and helping out should any problems arise during the tenancy period, which makes life just that little bit easier.
YourParkingSpace: Renting out your driveway on this site is absolutely free and you won’t have to pay a service fee, as a 20% charge is added to your price automatically.
The same is true for Spacehopper, while Park on my Drive charges an annual fee of £15, which is deducted when your first booking comes through but takes no further commission for successfully renting out your driveway.
Depending on where you live, you can earn from £40 to £350 a month.
I know – amazing! Aside from the costs of advertising (if you’ve taken out an ad, or used one of the parking websites that charges commission), and perhaps new locks and some extra keys, there should be few costs.
How much you can earn will depend on both the location and the length of time you’re renting it out for.
JustPark says that most people letting out their driveway can expect to earn around £30 a week but if you live near major public transport route or in a city centre you could make over £3,000 a year and if you only want to rent out your space every now and then and you’re near a popular sports or entertainment venue your space could be worth £10 per day!
This is an easy and non-intrusive way of making some regular money.
The best about this money-maker is that you decide how flexible you want to be – if you don’t want to rent out your driveway or garage all the time, then don’t! On most of the sites, there are availability calendars so you can simply select the times your space is available whether it’s half an hour here and there or a whole year!
However, you could find that having someone else’s car in your driveway causes too much noise, dirt and nuisance in the long-term. For band rehearsals, you would obviously have to have fairly distant neighbours and be able to put up with it yourself.
check your insurance
N.B. You will need to check with your home insurance provider to ensure that renting out your driveway or garage doesn’t affect your policy, and any extra cash you make must be declared to the Inland Revenue on your tax return. See this article for more information.
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