roommate shares several rooms in house

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I am renting a bedroom in my house to a roommate. However, she also has access to and uses 2 bathrooms, finished basement, living room, kitchen, garage. How do I list on taxes?  She shares use of ALL these rooms.  I own the house.

You can only count what she uses exclusively. If the bathroom is attached to her room, then you can count that in addition to her personal room. You cannot count any shared/common areas.

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