Can tenants take in Ukrainian refugees?

Can tenants take in Ukrainian refugees?

9:45 AM, 27th September 2022, About A year ago 5

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Hi, I am a letting agent and an unrelated landlord has asked for some advice, his tenants (a couple) have moved in Ukrainian refugees into the rented property without his permission or discussion etc. and they are receiving £350 for this.

Surely the tenants should have agreed this with the Landlord?

What with wear and tear on the property, and the refugees not being listed on the tenancy agreement??

Can you advise please?

JS

Editor’s note:

There is a useful page of information on the Government website on sponsor guidance (but nothing that appears to answer this question…):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-sponsor-guidance


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Reluctant Landlord

10:05 AM, 27th September 2022, About A year ago

advice to the LL - check the TA and if it states no subletting without permission, then issue the tenants with a letter stating they are breaching the AST and attach a S21 asap!

Plus threaten the tenants that they will be notified to the Home Office for 'potentially' not checking the Ukranian right to rent docs as well (it may be they have but nothing like a bit of extra pressure)

Judith Wordsworth

10:48 AM, 27th September 2022, About A year ago

As a letting agent I would be asking your professional regulating body that you are registered with.

Also https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/news/latest-guidance-issued-for-landlords-with-tenants-hoping-to-take-in-ukrainian-refugees/

Old Mrs Landlord

18:42 PM, 27th September 2022, About A year ago

You also need to make sure that adding extra residents doesn't mean your property is at risk of being classed as an HMO. There is a danger of you being prosecuted for not registering and possibly obtaining a licence when you may not even be aware that your tenants have taken in refugees.

Chris Bradley

23:06 PM, 27th September 2022, About A year ago

It does say on the gov website that permission should be sort from the landlord.
Refugees are excluded licence holders and if landlord permission is not sort then the tenant breaches both the tenancy agreement and the terms of claiming hosting payments.
I am a member of a number of groups connected with Ukrainian/host issues and ther are many Ukrainians seeking housing where the tenant host didn't ask the landlord before offering them a visa and housing and have subsequently had to leave the house or the council refused the tenants the thankyou payment because proof of the landlords consent was not presented - same result Ukrainian made homeless.
But different councils have taken different approaches on asking for proof of landlords consent, but other landlords have told the tenant that they are breaching their tenancy terms and threatened eviction process

Luke P

2:05 AM, 28th September 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Judith Wordsworth at 27/09/2022 - 10:48
Regulating body? There’s no requirement beyond redress scheme membership.

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