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Renting a Houseboat

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 20 Apr 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Renting Houseboat To Live On Boat

Renting a houseboat to live on would seem like a useful alternative to buying a boat outright, especially for those that are either unsure whether or not boat living is for them although they’re still attracted enough to the idea of, at least, wanting to try the lifestyle for a while with the idea of buying a boat later if they take to life on the water.

Alternatively, some people may have definitely decided that they want to live on a boat but cannot afford to buy one outright or cannot raise the money through a mortgage or loan for whatever reason.

How To Go About Renting a Boat

Unlike the housing market where getting a place to rent is rarely a problem, renting a boat to live on is not as simple as you might think. One of the main reasons for this is that people who tend to buy boats do so because they want to live on them themselves. Those who do buy one as an investment tend to only rent them out over the short-term as a holiday boat rental, for example where, especially in the summer months, they can charge a premium rate for doing so.

That’s not to say that it’s impossible to find a boat rental for a longer-term and the internet is probably one of the best places to look. You may have to do a bit of delving around but there are many sites devoted to boat living in general some of which will contain forums or message boards where boating enthusiasts can exchange information and you may just get lucky and come across somebody who’s looking to rent out their boat on a medium to long term basis.

Otherwise, you could be proactive and post a message on the forum or message board, stating that you’re looking to rent for at least ‘X’ amount of months and the specifics of what you’re looking for and you might find somebody gets back to you who can help or posts a response on the forum. Boating magazines will also contain classified ads so you may want to keep checking those or placing an ad yourself.

Things To Bear In Mind

If you do get lucky and have the opportunity to rent a boat for living on it’s important that you establish certain issues. Firstly, you’ll need to make sure that the boat comes with residential mooring rights as many mooring agreements prevent boat owners from letting their boat. If all the paperwork is in order in that regard, you’ll also need to find out whether or not you’re liable for council tax.

The chances are you will be liable with a residential mooring so don’t simply assume that because you’re living afloat with no residential ‘address’ as such that you’re exempt from council tax as you’re likely to end up in trouble with the local authority. If you’re eligible, however, and you’re able to obtain a live aboard rental, you’d still be able to claim the likes of housing benefit to cover the full or partial cost of the rental, the mooring costs and the boat licence.

Tenancy Agreements

You should normally be looking to obtain a common law tenancy and it’s crucial that you carefully read through any tenancy agreement first. These will obviously differ depending on the boat’s owner but things like security deposits, liability issues if there is any damage to the boat, your responsibilities regarding any general maintenance and who’s responsible for what as well as the length of the tenancy are all issues you’d need to look at carefully.

Be prepared to hunt around, however, and to be both patient and pro-active in your approach as residential boat lettings are not as common as you might think.

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Mature US couple looking to rent a boat in the London area for one month. Flexible time frame (August 15-Sept 15). We are boat people in the USA and enjoy that lifestyle
tom and jody goldman - 20-Apr-19 @ 5:45 PM
Looking to rent houseboat in Birmingham from 1st June 19 for 6 months
Jim - 19-Apr-19 @ 6:19 PM
Hi I’m looking for narrow boat rental in and close as possible to the Leeds area. Small budget due to minimum wage and part-time student (mature) just looking for somewhere I can start a new life after a bad break up. Many thanks, matt.
Matt80 - 14-Apr-19 @ 11:55 PM
Hi there,I am aprofessional middle aged female,working in London looking to rent a boat to live on. I have my power boat level 2 license, have lived on a boat before.I am Canadian working here and am interested.Anywhere in the one hour area surrounding London.This could be on the coast anywhere I can get to London.I am also interested to know who would like to rent their boat if in another area.Thank youmy number is 07951545214
Corinne - 11-Apr-19 @ 3:49 PM
Looking for a narrow boat to rent reading \thames area. £500 budget
G - 30-Mar-19 @ 5:16 PM
Hi i am looking to pay rent on a boat in yarmouth dose any one no any one that has a boat to rent 97395994788
Bigboy - 21-Mar-19 @ 10:54 PM
My partner and I are looking to rent a houseboat for at least 12-24 months, preferably Windsor, Staines and surrounding areas. We have two very small house trained pooches and we are both employed full time. Ideally a barge/pontoon/yoghurt pot but will consider a narrowboat. Hope someone can help ??
Kate - 13-Mar-19 @ 6:20 PM
Sorry to elaborate on interest below, looking for single male. Thanks
Josh - 11-Mar-19 @ 7:31 PM
Hi am looking for a house boat rental in Norfolk for six months if anybody knows anyone or has availability let me know, would be much appreciated. Thanks
Josh - 11-Mar-19 @ 7:28 PM
Hi! Interested in renting a canal boat in Scotland for 6 months and hopefully longer if all goes well. Please contact me if you have one available!
donna - 9-Mar-19 @ 4:18 PM
hI guys, does anyone know someone who wants to rent a boat long term in manchester, cheshire or surrounding arears?
lloydy - 2-Mar-19 @ 7:22 PM
I’m looking to rent a houseboat, canal boat or narrow boat for at least 6 months near the Manchester, Warrington or Wigan area ASAP as my landlord is selling his property. If anybody knows of any please email me..
Mossy - 25-Feb-19 @ 11:52 AM
Hi there, I’m Holly, I’m 25 and live in the Manchester area. I’m looking at renting a barge for no less than 6 months. My dad currently lives in a barge so I know everything it entails. Please get in contact if you can be of any help. Thank you! Holly
Holly - 22-Feb-19 @ 2:49 PM
We are looking to rent a narrow boat for around a 6 month period around the Rochdale / Oldham areas of Lancashire. Can anyone assist with anything that may be avaiilable ? Thanks
. - 17-Feb-19 @ 5:42 PM
Hello does anyone no of a house boat to live on long term on the Norfolk Broads pleas . Thanks for your help
Luke - 23-Jan-19 @ 12:06 PM
I’m looking to rent a boat in the midlands area. I have a well behaved 2 year old French Bulldog. No kids. I’m a professional with the nhs. Long term rent with moorings essential.
caryb - 13-Jan-19 @ 10:55 PM
I am a professional 43 year old professional female looking to rent a residential houseboat or barge for a long term tenancy within Nottingham. I would require mooring/council tax to be inclusive in the rent and a location whereby public transport is reasonably accessible. I am looking to move early to mid March 2019 when my current tenancy expires. Please contact a.s.a.p if you have suitable accommodation to view, Regards Esther
Esther - 11-Jan-19 @ 4:05 PM
I am searching for a long ferm moored barge in the midlands area ideally stratford upon avon but open to other areas including London. The rental would be long term as a home for myself and my partner. We are both mature (40's) professionals andbusiness owners. We currently have no pets and are children free, we would like to have the option of a pet (small dog) within the agreement. The rental would require all documents for residential mooring and rental licencing to be produced and a tenancy agreement. Kind regards Ben and Ginger Hill
Ben - 28-Dec-18 @ 10:04 PM
Does anyone know of where I could rent a houseboat in kent for January and February possibly longer.thanks Steve.
Steve - 9-Dec-18 @ 11:34 AM
Does anyone know if there are any rent to buy options anywhere? I have a decent deposit and it seems like a good route to buying a boat
Laura - 6-Dec-18 @ 4:51 PM
I work 2 days per week at Edge Hill University but live in Wales. I have to stay 2 nights per week (Tues, Wed) in the area and would like to investigate the costs of staying on a boat in the area of Ormskirk, Burscough, parbold. I use public transport so would need to be really close or on a train/bus route.I would be prepared to commit to several months stay over the winter months.I am 63 and female.
Eiluned - 23-Nov-18 @ 1:25 PM
looking to rent to love long termor buy to let , im single no pets 42 felmale lived I glossop 8 years . Would really love to live and own a barge. Plus could me homeless in four weeks from Know .not looking for private housing or council thanks Sylvia ??
Syl - 6-Nov-18 @ 9:16 PM
Hi, have a 34ft seagoing ketches rigged motorsailor. It's based in Chatham andcwould be interested in renting it to a boat aware person. Please contact to discuss terms if interested
Quack - 7-Oct-18 @ 11:03 PM
Hi I'm Joe Looking to rent a house boat in the Cambridgeshire area? I'm a boatbuilder at Fairline yachts in Oundle and would also offer on top of rental fees any work you want doing I'll do... Hope to hear back from someone even if it's some advice? I'm 25 and want to eventually start up a narrowboat renovation business. Cheers
JOSEPH - 27-Sep-18 @ 11:41 AM
Hello We are retired and looking to rent a narrow boat longer term 1-6 months. I lived on my own 50ft narrowboat for 12 years so knowledgable and confident about the working and handling of a boat... but now I have more time would love to repeat the experience and live the magical life even for just a while. Living in our flat we miss the life afloat. Can you help please?
Tillymint - 21-Sep-18 @ 5:53 PM
Hi, looking to rent a live a board boat long term. Not worried as long as it's at least a 2/3 berth whether that be a small boat or full on narrow boat. Would like it ready to sail, do t mind where it is but would prefer no where further north than Birmingham. Ideally looking for 6 months to start off with but can be persuaded otherwise. Many thanks
Shopy - 9-Sep-18 @ 10:18 PM
Hi Hester I am considering the option you offer What are the fees ?
Dave - 9-Sep-18 @ 5:29 PM
Hi, I'm looking to rent or buy a liveaboard in Bristol, so keen to hear of any opportunities coming up! Many thanks, Fi
Fi - 7-Sep-18 @ 10:05 PM
I rent out my 57ft narrowboat called 'Gloria' for the winter months at the Bridgewater marina in Boothstown (9 miles by road from Manchester city centre. The hire is for a static let only and for 1 person for the full duration from November 18 to March 19. This winter will be the 4 year that I have offered this winter static hire (I operate holiday hire for the rest of the year). Let me know if you are interested. Cheers Hester
Hester - 18-Aug-18 @ 9:09 AM
Interested in long term boat rental up to 1 year in Berkshire area.I am considering buying a boat as my home due to expensive house prices in area but want to first understand and experience boat life. I am able to afford 550pcm but this is inclusive of all bills may be able to stretch but depends on what is included.Hope to hear soon.
Kim - 18-Aug-18 @ 3:21 AM
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