Subletting your leasehold property
Many leaseholders let out their leasehold properties. If you are letting your SHP property, or are planning to in the future, you need to make sure you are complying with the terms of your lease, as well as with certain legal requirements.
What you need to tell us
You must tell us that you are subletting your property, and give us details of:
- the names of your prospective tenants
- the term of the subletting
- your address where we can contact you and send your service charge invoices and statutory notices
- emergency contact telephone numbers for you, and your tenants or managing agent.
What you are responsible for
If you are letting your property you must:
- continue to comply with the terms of the lease
- not allow your tenants to cause nuisance to other residents
- continue to pay all service charge and/or major works costs
- maintain and repair all internal parts of your property
- advise us if your correspondence address or contact details change
- comply with all legal requirements around letting property, including fire, gas, electrical safety and energy performance certificates
- inform your mortgage lender, and insurers.
What your tenants need to know
As an SHP leaseholder you should make sure your tenants know:
- how to report repairs to you
- how to use fixtures and fittings within your property, for example the heating system, baths and showers, window blinds or locks. Try and provide instruction manuals for all appliances where possible.
- where to dispose of rubbish. You may be held responsible if your tenants dispose of waste inappropriately.
- who to contact in an emergency. By law you are required to give your tenants an address in England or Wales for posting notices to you.
How to tell us you are letting your property
If you are letting your property you should complete our permission to sublet a property form.
Alternatively, you can write to us at Sutton Gate, 1 Carshalton Road, Sutton SM1 4LE.