Know the facts about subletting

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While leaseholders can sublet their properties, short-letting their property (for any time period less than 90 days) is in breach of the lease. For tenants, subletting a property which is on a social tenancy is actually a criminal offence. So if you’re considering subletting your home, please ensure you know the facts before you take the next step.

We currently have around 3,250 leaseholders who have registered their sublets, all of which are fully legal and in line with the lease. So far in 2018, eight tenanted properties have been recovered as a result of fraud, with 63 investigations underway. However, when it comes to holiday-lets, these are in breach of the lease and tenancy agreement, and we are working to find out where these are occurring.

Despite becoming hugely popular, short term holiday-lets have resulted in complaints about anti-social behaviour, damage and excessive rubbish left in communal areas. We take this very seriously because we want to ensure our properties meet the highest standards. That’s why we’re tackling the issue by ensuring leases are being enforced throughout our properties.

For those in shared ownership homes, subletting is prohibited.

Joe Joseph, Director of Resident Services at CityWest Homes, said: “People may not realise that illegal subletting includes letting a property via websites, such as Airbnb or other short-term letting agents.

“Our leaseholders should always check their lease if they are considering any form of subletting, as some agreements ban subletting entirely.”

If you’re considering subletting your home, you can find further details on our leaseholder page here. You can also contact us on 0800 358 3783 to discuss your query, or if you suspect there is illegal subletting taking place in your block, email