Subletting is a process through which a tenant enters into a rental contract with you as a leaseholder in order to rent and live in your property. This contract is known as an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
Here we explain if you are eligible to sublet your home, and if so, how you go about it.
Eligibility if you own your home outright
If you own your home outright, it's likely that we'll allow you to sublet. However, we'll first check the terms of your lease to make sure there are no restrictions.
You must contact our Subletting team to request approval to sublet your property, please include your name and address, by email at email@example.com.
We charge a non-refundable administration fee for reviewing your lease and progressing your subletting request.
We will require you to complete and return a Subletting Occupancy Form, which details your correspondence address, letting agent and tenant's details.
Dependent on the terms of your lease, a Notice of Underlet may also be required. Further guidance will be provided to you upon receipt of your subletting request.
Once you have our consent to sublet your property, we ask that you keep in regular contact with your tenant and that you terminate their tenancy if they breach the terms of the lease. If we receive complaints or have concerns that lease conditions are not being kept, we can take legal action against you as the leaseholder.
If your lease does not allow subletting and we own the freehold of your property, we can possibly amend the lease via a Deed of Variation. This document legally and permanently amends your lease to allow you to sublet - subject to our requirements.
You will be responsible for the costs involved in varying the lease. This includes: your legal fees, our legal fees and an administration fee for us administrating the Deed of Variation.
Please note that we have a panel of independent solicitors who would be willing to act for you. They all provide preferred rates to L&Q customers.
If we do not own the freehold, we will always check our Head Lease to make sure subletting meets the Freeholder’s requirements. We will be unable to amend your lease if the Freeholder does not allow subletting.
Eligibility for shared owners and equity loan customers
If you are a shared owner, or if you bought your home with the help of an equity loan, your lease or legal charge strictly prohibits subletting. Which means that you are unable to sublet your home.
This is because we're obliged to protect the government funds provided to help you buy, by making sure the property is your main and only home.
We may consider a subletting request under extremely exceptional circumstances:
- Employment/job relocation – if you accept a work secondment to a different location which requires you to move home and will lose your job if you do not accept the proposition
- Caring for an immediate relative – if you are the next of kin or sole carer for an immediate relative and are required to move in with them to provide 24-hour support
- Cladding issues/remedial works – if you are unable to sell or staircase to 100% ownership and are experiencing issues securing a mortgage offer due to current cladding remedial works or certification requirements
Please note that choosing to accept a job offer abroad or in another location is not classed as job relocation.
Your request must be sent to our Subletting team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can only review requests in line with the above criteria and all requests are assessed on a case by case basis. Please do not make any arrangements unless you've received our formal approval, as subletting requests are not guaranteed.
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