Subletting & Lodgers
If you are going away from home for a short time and do not want to leave your house empty, you have the right to sub let it, provided we give our permission. If we approve your sub let you will still be responsible for the tenancy including paying the rent and the behaviour of your sub tenant. We normally allow a sublet for 6 months but we may agree to extend this to 12 months.
If you have enough room in your home you may want to take in a lodger. A lodger is a person who is not a relative but lives with you and pays rent to you. You have the right to take in a lodger but must first get our permission. We can only refuse if we have reasonable grounds for doing so.
If you get Housing Benefit you must tell the Council that you have a lodger as this will affect the amount of Housing Benefit you get and the amount of rent you will need to pay to us. If you are getting Income Support you must also tell the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
To apply to take in a lodger or to sublet your home, please log into My Home and fill out the appropriate form.