The Government has announced Lettings/Estate Agents can begin to resume business. Staff will continue to be working remotely whilst we get staff and the office ready and “Covid 19 secure” and will be following the Government’s guidance as follows:

- We will be carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment and will share these results with the people employed at Pennington.

- We will be cleaning, handwashing and following hygiene procedures in line with Government guidance.

- We are taking all reasonable steps to help people work from home.

- We will be taking all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace.

- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.

In the first instance all enquiries should be sent to info@pennington-online.co.uk, this email address is monitored during normal working hours and will be dealt with accordingly. Any maintenance should be reported via Fixflo. In an emergancy call 07474 342732, otherwise please call 07823 651832 or 07823 651890. We will look to re-open the office for appointments only, with the above measures in place subject to any further government advice around the 1st June 2020.

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Beware the legal implications of sub-letting

From Robert Ulph on November 1, 2019

Most tenants looking for a rental property are looking for somewhere to make their home, whether for the long term or a temporary stop. Our experience at Pennington has been the case, but the implications of sub-letting do come up every now and then, especially when there are changes to household income and finances get squeezed getting some extra cash can be appealing.

I have written before about sub-letting for holiday accommodation through rental portals such as Airbnb. If you aren’t familiar with Airbnb it offers cheap accommodation for travellers – but Airbnb doesn’t own a single property as all the houses or individual rooms they advertise are privately owned.

Airbnb has been a phenomenal success and it is now one of the most popular portals for those looking for accommodation and for many it is fast becoming a go-to site for bookings. There is obvious appeal to both those looking for cheap accommodation and those looking to make some extra income. But there is obvious risk involved too, so I would strongly advise you to do your homework if you are thinking about opening up your own home.

In addition, there are also implications for anyone renting property themselves and the implications of sub-letting through the likes of Airbnb or even renting out a spare room as there may well be a breach of the lease. The starting point is always to look at the lease and see what provisions it contains in respect of sub-letting and the use of the property. Most leases have some restrictions as to sub-letting or use, but you need to understand the implications of this.

For example, a lease may allow sub-letting provided that the premises is used “as a private residence.” However, any short-term lettings via Airbnb would mean that the property was not being occupied as a private residence as it is not the occupants’ home so the outcome would be that any short-term letting in these circumstances would be a breach of the contract.

The upshot is that the contractual side of an assured shorthold tenancy lease must be understood by all concerned – landlords, tenants and the agents.

The best advice I can give is to get assistance from a professionally qualified agent, who is ARLA Propertymark licensed. You can check credentials on the ARLA website as all members are named on the site. ARLA membership requires us to know the current legislation but also carry out Continuing Professional Development which ensures we are always up to date. At Pennington we have a number of in-house licenced members of ARLA Propertymark so there is always someone on hand to assist.

As always, if you would like any further discussion on this or anything else on the local property market, please do not hesitate to contact me.