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Renting a boat to live on, or hiring out your own boat

If you're thinking about living on a rented out boat there are a few checks to carry out before moving in. So if you're thinking of hiring out your own boat read on.

Boats at a city mooring at night City life afloat in a boat

If you go to inspect a possible boat, make sure that it’s displaying a valid navigation authority licence – for boats on our waterways, a square licence should be in the window facing outwards. This will have the letters ‘RL’ clearly marked in the centre if the boat is licensed for residential letting and the letters ‘SDHH’ if it is licensed for holiday hire.

If you have any doubts ask our customer services team by calling 0303 040 4040 with the boat’s name and index number or ask via our web form. Explain that you’re thinking of renting the boat and ask them to confirm that it has the right kind of licence.

Please don't rent a boat without the correct type of licence – it will not have been checked by us. It's also not a good idea to rent a boat without a designated home mooring.

Renting out your own boat

Having a boat as a home is a popular choice for some people and some boat owners are keen to find ways to help offset the costs of owning and maintaining a boat.

If you rent out your boat you'll be a landlord and have a duty of care to your tenant. You'll need to organise a non-private boat safety certificate, commercial insurance and proof that you’ve gone through the handover procedure correctly.

To rent out your boat you'll also need to get a home mooring with planning consent for residential use. These moorings are in very short supply, so it's best to wait until you've secured an appropriate mooring before you apply for a residential letting licence.

Last date edited: 20 February 2017