The growing trend in letting rooms for holidays and short term periods can have serious consequences for both tenants and their landlords according to a report on propertywire.co.uk

Landlord Action, a UK tenant eviction firm, claims that there has been a trebling of cases where tenants have sub-let the rental property through websites offering such services without seeking permission to do so from their landlord.  Often the landlord is unaware of such activity until they receive complaints from neighbours.  Not only could sub-letting without authorisation breach the tenancy agreement, but could also put the landlords property at risk of additional wear and tear and may also breach the landlords mortgage and property insurance terms and conditions.

Paul Shamplina, Landlord Action founder, said “We have had concerns for some time now regarding the protection of properties which are being uploaded and offered as holiday lets,” adding “My concern is that there is not enough safeguarding with regards to obtaining proof from the individual who is advertising the property that they are the legitimate owner. Or, if they are a tenant, that they have consent from their landlord to rent out the property in this way”

“We have seen cases where, quite clearly, tenants are making thousands of pounds from exploiting the service to a high volume of holiday makers on a weekly basis. In a recent case, it was thought that more than 300 people stayed in a landlord’s property in one year, unbeknown to the landlord,” he explained.

Landlords should undertake comprehensive and thorough tenant reference checks as well as regularly visits to   their property. They may also like to keep an eye online for their property being advertised for sub-letting.  Why not check out ou Landlord Tips and Guides section for more information about tenant agreements and referencing.

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