17% of tenants have sub-let their rental property
By |Published On: 23rd February 2016|

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17% of tenants have sub-let their rental property

By |Published On: 23rd February 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

A concerning new survey shows that 17% of private rental sector tenants in Britain have sub-let part or all of their property to persons not named on lease agreements.

Additionally, 25% of tenants who said they sub-let did not check the terms of their lease to see if this activity was permitted. 34% said that they did not inform their landlord of the decision.

Of these renters who did not inform their landlord, one-fifth got found out. In 11% of cases, the tenants named on these leave were evicted, with 6% losing their deposit. Other punishments for these tenants included increased rental charges, fines and formal warnings.


The survey, conducted by Direct Line for Business, also shows 15% of current tenants are thinking about sub-letting either some or all of their property.

A spokesperson for Direct Line for Business said, ‘the average monthly rent across the UK currently stands at £739. This means on average, approximately a third of people’s income goes towards accommodation. With the market having seen a five per cent increase in average rents in the last year, it seems that a larger number of renters are tempted to offset this expense by sub-letting their properties.’[1]

17% of tenants have sub-let their rental property

17% of tenants have sub-let their rental property


Sub-let Increases

In the last two years, Landlord Action has seen a rise of 18% in the number of landlords with sub-letting cases. This is making it a more substantial reason for eviction, alongside rent arrears and Section 21 for possession only.

Founder of Landlord Action Paul Shamplina said, ‘organised sub-letting scams are also becoming more prevalent, where tenants, or sometimes even fake tenants, advertise properties and rooms on holiday/accommodation websites in order to cream a profit without the landlords’ consent.’[1]

Further data from the report shows that sub-letting is most common in the North West and West Midlands. In these regions, more than 25% of tenants said that they have sub-let their accommodation. London came in third.

[1] https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/2/one-in-six-tenants-has-already-sub-let–and-more-may-do-so-via-airbnb


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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