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Subletting

When a tenant enters into a rental contract with you as a leaseholder in order to rent and live in your property
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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 L&Q will allow you to sublet. We'll first check your lease to make sure there are no restrictions.

If L&Q own the freehold of your property and the lease prohibits subletting, we can work with you to amend this. You will need a formal Deed of Variation which legally and permanently amends your lease. You would be responsible for all legal costs, including L&Q's fees.

If you feel that you meet the eligibility criteria explained above, take a look at the leaseholder steps to subletting section highlighted below to find out more.

If you wish to apply to sublet, please email us at subletting@lqgroup.org.uk

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. This means that you are unable to sublet unless in exceptional circumstances. 

This is because we are obliged to protect the Government funds provided to help you buy, by making sure the home is your main residence.

Eligibility for leaseholders

If you are a leaseholder, L&Q may allow you to sublet depending on the terms of your lease.

Please do not submit a request to sublet without reading the eligibility information below and making sure that you meet all the criteria. 

L&Q charge an administration fee to assess a subletting request. This covers our costs in providing the service to you. Payments can be made over the telephone by a credit or debit card.

Leaseholder steps to subletting

We will always consider requests from leaseholders who ask to sublet, but first we must check your eligibility. 

You should always check your lease first to make sure that you are able to sublet.

If your lease allows subletting, you must contact us and provide the following details:

  • details of the sublet, for example, agreed for six months
  • confirmation that your assured shorthold tenancy agreement mirrors the terms and conditions of your lease
  • details of your new tenant, including their full name and contact detail
  • a forwarding address for you (preferably an address in the United Kingdom)
  • your current phone number and email address

You will be in breach of your lease if you sublet without providing us with this information - and we can take legal action if necessary.

Once you've sent us the information listed above, we'll confirm if your lease allows subletting and update our records.

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 doesn’t allow subletting

We'll first check whether L&Q own the freehold of your property.  

If we don't own the freehold of your home, we must always check our head lease with the freeholder to make sure that it meets their requirements. We will be unable to amend a lease if the freeholder prohibits subletting.

If we are the freeholder, we can work with you to amend your lease through a Deed of Variation. Solicitors will need to instructed at this stage to vary the subletting clause within the lease.

You are responsible for the costs involved in varying the lease which will include your own legal fees, our legal fees and an administration fee for us progressing a Deed of Variation.

If you want to go ahead, please contact us confirming that you are a leaseholder and that you want your lease to be varied to allow you to sublet. Please provide your full name, address, contact details, reference number and details of a solicitor that will be acting for you.

Please be aware that we have a panel of independent solicitors who would be willing to act for you. They all provide preferred rates to L&Q customer

We'll check our records and make sure that we are the freeholder. As mentioned before, if we're not the freeholder and the freeholder prohibits subletting, we will refuse your request

If we are the freeholder, we will confirm this and ask you to call us and pay our administration fee

Upon receipt of the administration fee, we will instruct our solicitors accordingly. You are required to cover our solicitor fees and your solicitor will sign a Costs Undertaking confirming that you will pay these on completion of the Deed of Variation

The solicitors will progress the instruction accordingly and ask you to sign and approve the necessary paperwork. We'll in turn, do the same

The solicitors will complete the Deed of Variation and notify us all accordingly. At this time, the lease term has been permanently changed and you are able to sublet your home. You must then provide us with the details listed above as someone whose lease allows subletting.

Fees

We will only assess your request once we have received payment. It is non-refundable and will be taken prior to a decision being made. 

If you withdraw your subletting request once solicitors have been instructed, you will be required to pay their abortive fees.

It is important to consider the costs associated with subletting before deciding to go ahead.

If you wish to apply to sublet, please email us at subletting@lqgroup.org.uk

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Useful documents

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L&Q's homeowner administration fees
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