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Renting a 3 bed flat and subletting.

I am thinking of renting a 3 bed flat and being the sole tenant as my two mates have bad credit and self employed is it against the law to do this iv been told it is as it is subletting??

Asked on Jun 14 2013, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Hello, If the friends are just staying with you like guests, then they aren't tenants. They are what we call excluded occupiers. Sub-letting only applies to tenants, they are not tenants; so it is not sub-letting. You need to read back on the legal pack in your tenancy contract just to make sure. The landlord may not be happy with this and can take you to court and possibly can get you evicted. Your landlord can legally refuse to renew your tenancy if you do not alert him or her. You are living in a 3 bedroom apartment, Is your flat block purposely built social housing? If so, you pay bedroom tax. If your landlord accepts your request and you're struggling, for example, you can get your friends to import you some money to your PayPal/your online bank account etc, but your friends cannot pay bedroom tax directly from their own accounts as they are not tenants. You need to ask your landlord is what I'm pretty much saying, if they reject this request, don't take chances. You may lose your house! Good Luck! :-) Stacey

    Answered on Jun 14 2013, Report content
  • Hi Caiomhin58. In general, subletting will very much go against the terms of your contract because of the fact that the vast majority of landlords strictly forbid it (and state so in the terms). If you are found to be subletting to other people - including having two other people staying there and paying a portion of the rent - then the landlord is well within their right to evict you. There are some who do allow it, even if very rare, however. Your best option, though, is to look at renting as three people. There are agents that do not do credit checks out there, and you will also have other options such as your co-tenants offering guarantor notes or paying some of the rent up front (i.e. a few months in advance). However, the most important thing is to check your terms and not to breach them and risk getting evicted from your home for subletting. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Jun 24 2013, Report content

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