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Subletting your home – help us tackle tenancy fraud

By August 7, 2019August 3rd, 2021No Comments

There is a desperate shortage of affordable housing. If you sublet your home to someone who doesn’t have the legal right to be there, it means people in need of housing will have to wait even longer. This is of course unfair, but it is also tenancy fraud.

Depending on the type of home you have with us, you may need permission to sublet your home. Please check your agreement with us to clarify whether you have permission to sublet your home. If you are still unsure please contact us on 0300 456 2099 for further advice.

If you are one of our social housing tenants, you will be aware from your tenancy agreement that you do not have permission to sublet your home. This is because we provide your home to you as your only home. You may however, be able to take in a lodger. Please check with your neighbourhood experience manager beforehand, to make sure you have permission as part of your tenancy agreement.

As a shared-owner, you may be aware that you are unable to sublet your home, this is detailed in your lease agreement. The shared ownership scheme is designed to help you buy a property that would otherwise be unaffordable for you to purchase and as part of this you are required to use the property as your only home. We understand everyone’s circumstances are different and we may be able to assist you with a temporary agreement to sublet your home. This is usually only in exceptional circumstances and each request for a temporary sublet is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the home ownership team on 0300 456 2099 if you would like to discuss this further.

If you own 100% of the shares of your home, your lease will determine how you can rent your home. However, once again please contact the home ownership team who can help you, if you are unsure.

What can you do if you think someone may be subletting?

Our aim is to make sure all our properties are occupied by people who are legally entitled to do so. If you suspect any of our properties are being sublet please report it to us by calling 0300 456 2099 or contacting us. We will treat any information you give us in the strictest confidence.

Find out more about tenancy fraud and how you can help us tackle the problem.