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10 Dec 2018

The tell-tale signs your tenants might be subletting this Christmas

Author: Grace Watson

Christmas is an exceptionally busy time of year – friends and family visit from across the country, travel becomes a nightmare and pennies can be tight as we wait to finally receive that all-important pay cheque in January. We all enjoy hosting friends and family over the festive period, but when does a few nights here and there become subletting? Read on to find out.

What defines subletting? Subletting is the practice of an existing tenants letting all or part of a property to another. Rather than paying rent to the landlord, the subtenant pays the tenant.

Is it illegal? Subletting without permission means your tenants are in breach of their tenancy agreement, meaning you are entitled to take legal action. A sublet property can also mean your landlord insurance policy becomes null and void.

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Here’s some top indicators that your tenants could be subletting this Christmas:

- Your tenants could start being more difficult – communication might become sparse and they may be resisting check-ins and inspections.

- Your might find extra rubbish and recycling – festivities aside, if your rubbish bins are brimming every week, your tenants could be hosting a more permanent guest.

- Your neighbours may notice extra visitors – if you suspect your tenants are subletting, your neighbours will probably be able to confirm. Whether they’ve spotted extra cars, new faces or more noise, they will probably have spotted any long-term guests.

With casual sub-letting becoming increasingly easier with thanks to sites and applications such as Airbnb, it’s as simple as filling out a few online forms when it comes to listing a property for casual rent. If your tenants are going on holiday this Christmas, make sure to communicate with them clearly before they are due to go away, so that you have a good idea as to their plans.

If you suspect that your tenant could be subletting, you must notify your property agent immediately.

If you do consent to instances of sub-letting, an appropriate clause ought to be written in to a new tenancy agreement, outlining fresh terms and conditions. If you do not consent, you must express your response in writing and make your managing agent fully aware of the communications.

 

For any questions or queries surrounding subletting, do not hesitate to contact your property manager, or your local Romans branch for more information.

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