Avoid getting caught out in a sub-let situation!

As I head off for an early appointment in Wimbledon – yes, we travel that far! – the moon was still shining brightly over the Windmill on Wimbledon Common.

My thoughts turned to recent discussions with fellow property colleagues and my associates surrounding the topic of spam and phishing emails – even people who you would think would know better have had their fingers burnt!  We’ve recently helped out a tenant with support and advice after they’d been caught out after they’d taken a let on a room from a ‘landlord’ who turned out not to be the landlord at all, but a the tenant!  This is called sub-letting a room, or property for that matter, and is definitely not permitted under the terms of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy; the poor tenant is now out of pocket by £1,000.

It is extremely important that if you are intending to enter into a contract to let a room or a property that, before you sign that dotted line, you carry out your due diligence and relevant checks to make sure that you are dealing with the actual landlord, and not a tenant looking to make a few extra pounds by sub-letting.  Make sure this doesn’t happen to you, a family member or a friend.

At Elizabeth Hunt & Associates, we offer a truly bespoke hybrid property service with a collaborative office knowledge of 60 years in the world of property.  If you’re not sure what checks you need to make, or how to go about it, contact us on 01483 285255 or email elizabeth@elizabethhuntassociates.co.uk and we’ll be more than happy to guide you along the way.