Subletting and lodgers
Shared Owners cannot sublet or allow somebody else to occupy either part of or the whole of their property, except in exceptional circumstances. You are also not permitted to use Airbnb or any other short term rental scheme. However, if you have staircased to 100% ownership of your property, you should be able to sublet. We will need to be made aware of who will be living at the property and, as you are responsible for all repairs to the property and the behaviour of any tenants, you must provide a relevant forwarding address and contact details.
To apply to sublet you will need to complete the relevant application form, which be can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Subletting is not the same as having a lodger because a lodger does not have the same security of a tenancy. If you are a Shared Owner or Leaseholder you do not need our permission to take in a lodger. However, you must first check that your lodger can legally rent in England as you risk a heavy penalty if they can’t. You should also check the terms of your lease as some leases may not allow lodgers. You can find out more about how to do this at www.gov.uk/check-tenant-right-to-rent-documents.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7613 8080.