RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to DCLG Director General Peter Schofield regarding announcements in the Budget regarding sub-letting. The proposals lacked detail and raised many questions as to how this would affect landlords with leases, licensing, and mortgage conditions.
The RLA has asked for clarity on these matters and questions why they have been brought forward with no consultation.
You can read the letter that Alan wrote in full, click here.
When the Budget was announced there were questions regarding responsibility within the tenancy agreement and concerns about immigration checks on sub-letting tenants. Read the news story “Budget 2015 a nightmare in the making” for more details.
While the Government have attempted to give more detail and the measures appear to be targeted at short term lets. The RLA remains concerned about the unknown consequences for landlords.
If a tenant who is sub-letting is found to be in breach of general landlord tenant legislation, who would be held responsible?
This lack of clarity from the Government is unsettling and the RLA has asked for a meeting to discuss these points.