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Landlord body slams sub-letting law change ‘nightmare’

A landlords association has slammed the government’s Budget as “a nightmare” because of its unexpected measures to allow sub-letting. The small print of the Budget, released after the Chancellor’s statement, outlines plans to make it illegal for private sector tenancy agreements to include clauses that prevent the sub-letting of the property.

“The measures on sub-letting are a nightmare in the making and smack of ‘back of the fag packet’ policy making” claims Alan Ward of the Residential Landlords Association.

“Key questions remained unanswered such as who will be responsible for a property if the tenant sub-letting leaves the house but the tenant they are sub-letting to stays?

“Similarly, given the government wants landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, who would be responsible for checking the status where sub-letting occurs?

He says that while more detail on the proposal will emerge in the coming weeks “it is difficult to see landlords supporting it.”

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