Tenant wants to swap houses with a friend

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Hi,

My tenant wants to swap houses with a friend who is also renting (through a different landlord).

In principle, I don't have any problems with this; she is a very good tenant and I'm assured her friend is as well. Obviously, I won't take this on face value, I realise it's up to me to do some due diligence and found out for myself; I will meet the friend and her landlord to find out what they're like.

But I'm wondering how this will work with regards to the AST agreement. My tenant has signed up for 24 months (and we're just 10 months in) and fully paid up front. I don't know where her friend is in her agreement (i.e. has it just started or is it nearing the end?).

The easiest thing I can think of doing is to allow my tenant to sublet to her friend for the remaining period. This may work for me, but the timing might not be suitable for the other landlord.

Any advice, tips or gotchas to look out for? Is it really simple as a sublet?

Thanks.

29/07/2016 01:01

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