Subletting your home
If you own 100% of your lease you may be permitted to sublet your property, but you are not allowed to use, or permit the flat to be used, for any purpose other than a private dwelling-house occupied by one household.
It is also important to remember that you are legally responsible for your subtenants and we ask you to take this responsibility very seriously.
What you need to tell us
If you are a Peabody leaseholder owning 100% of your lease you may be permitted to sublet your property.
Please see our information leaflet will make clear how to find out if you are able to do so and the steps to take to get permission from Peabody.
What you need to tell your subtenants
You should make sure that your subtenants have all the information they need while they are living in your flat. You will be responsible if your subtenant breaks any of the terms and conditions of the lease. We will take action against you if your subtenant causes a nuisance, or is responsible for any anti-social behaviour or damage. We recommend that you seek independent advice when subletting your flat so that you comply with the law and the terms of your lease.
You need to ensure that:
- your subtenants know where the bins are in the block, how and when to use them and how to dispose of large items of rubbish
- your subtenants and their visitors understand local parking regulations and tell their friends and visitors
- your subtenants have up to date contact numbers for you or your lettings agent.
- your subtenants know where the main stopcocks for water and gas and the main electric and fuse boards are located (and have any keys necessary to get at these services), and understand how they operate, so that they can deal promptly with emergency leaks and faults. Keep this information close to hand should you or your letting agent need to send anyone else to your flat in an emergency.
We will not issue communal entrance fobs or information to your subtenants under any circumstances without your expressed permission in writing, and we will usually wish to contact you to confirm that any such requests are genuine. You will usually need to pay for additional keys or key fobs to get through communal main entrance doors.
Finally, you have a legal duty to have an annual gas safety check carried out if you have subtenants in your property. You could be sent to prison if you ignore this and your subtenants are injured or killed as a result.
For more information, please call our office on 020 8743 5486
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