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What is subletting?
Subletting is when a tenant or homeowner does not use their Sanctuary home as their only or principal home, but instead allows another household to take up occupation. Subletting may include granting of a tenancy or licence and charging the new household rent without our consent.
Am I allowed to sublet my home?
Depending on the type of tenancy you hold, subletting could be a breach of agreement and in some cases could be classed as a criminal offence. It is likely there is a clause in your tenancy confirming you must use the property as your only or principal home.
Additionally, if you have acted dishonestly, that is, if you have made money from subletting, it is recognised as a serious offence. This could include renting out part or all of your home via websites such as Airbnb.
Unlawful subletting of social housing is a serious matter, you could risk losing your home and face criminal proceedings.
If you are a homeowner or a shared owner, your lease agreement may have a provision allowing you to sublet.
Can I request permission to sublet my home?
If you rent your home we appreciate that housing situations change, and you may decide to take a lodger instead. You can find more information about this on our Lodger page.
Alternatively, if you no longer wish to live in your property, please contact us to discuss your options or if you wish to end your tenancy you can start the termination process.
If you are a homeowner or a shared owner, your lease will outline if you need our permission to allow others to rent rooms in your home, or the whole property. If your lease does allow subletting (either with or without our permission), please inform us of your plans in writing before you let the property.
Leases for shared owners generally do not permit subletting.
How can I report a tenant subletting their home?
If you would like to report subletting, please provide details using our report subletting form, you can choose to remain anonymous.