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    Experiences with subletting?

    Hi, due to the crisis, I was thinking of maybe renting the other room of my apartment.

    Now I know that might be risky, mixing with other people during the pandemic, but I really need money, my company made cutbacks to our salaries and I have to pay my landlord.

    However I have friends who had a lot of issues with their subtenants, seems it's worse than roommates at a certain point.
    They even had a contract and everything but it was hard to get them to leave if they don't pay rent or don't respect the rules. Every experience or advice is welcomed, I need to figure this out fast...

    Check that your landlord allows it. If so, you'd use a lodger agreement. That means you can ask the person to leave pretty easily if it goes bad. You can also take a deposit equal to a month's rent, and then use that if they miss a rental payment or cause any damage. It doesn't have to be protected.

    If you're in a popular location, you can keep interviewing people until you find someone you genuinely get on with. Even then, you'll want to have a talk where you establish how you like the home environment to be - e.g. your attitude to guests, cleaning, noise, etc.

    Unfortunately due to the current pandemic I don't think there will be so many people looking, and you won't be able to offer face-to-face viewings. But you can use video chat, and take them on a virtual tour using your phone.

    You can find a lot of guidance here too: http://www.lodgerlandlord.co.uk/category/21-days/

    Good luck!


      The landlord may want extra rent given there will be extra ware and tear on the property...... he/she may not but be prepared even if they agree.


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