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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Are tenants to be given free rein to sub-let?

The Residential Landlords Association claims the Government have tried to hide new plans in the Budget that ban private sector landlords from including any clauses and terms of a tenancy agreement that would prevent a tenant from sub-letting their rental property.

The RLA point to a particular statement  in the Budget document -

“The government intends to legislate on preventing the use of clauses in private fixed-term residential tenancy agreements that expressly rule out sub-letting or otherwise sharing space on a short-term basis, and will consider extending this to statutory periodic tenancies." 

The document goes on to say that the Government will aim to -

“ensure that landlords always have to consider tenants’ requests reasonably."

 RLA Chairman, Alan Ward commented:

“The measures on sub-letting are a nightmare in the making and smack of ‘back of the fag packet’ policy making.

“Key questions remained unanswered such as who will be responsible for a property if the tenant sub-letting leaves the house but the tenant they are sub-letting to stays?

“Similarly, given the Government wants landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, who would be responsible for checking the status where sub-letting occurs?

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