Subletting fees likely to be outlawed

Subletting fees likely to be outlawed

14:04 PM, 29th September 2014, About 10 years ago 3

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The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership “LKP” recently reported that the Law Commission is going to examine subletting fees charged by freeholders and their managers and speculation is rife that they will be outlawed for good. LKP have advised anyone selling or renting out a flat should keep all documentation with a view to making a claim in two and half years time. Subletting fees likely to be outlawed

LKP claim to be deluged with enquiries about subletting fees, often where freeholders and their managing agents are plucking figures from the air for a sublet consent.

The tribunals have dealt with countless cases, but there is no binding decision on what would be a fair sublet consent. Most freeholders have to give consent to a sublet, usually followed by the word “such consent not to be unreasonably withheld”.

A recent statement from the Law Commission can be found here

Thank you to Property118 member Karen Peel for bringing this to my attention.

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Mohammed Karimuddin

10:25 AM, 30th September 2014, About 10 years ago

Its a good news for the long lease holders who have heavily invested in the UK and every time they intend to sublet their property they have to apply for a licence to sublet which cost around a £1000.00 . Service charges are on top of this licence fee.


15:26 PM, 20th August 2020, About 4 years ago

Hi Mark,
Wondered if you have any magic template letter for an excessive ground rent demand. Mine's just hiked up about 300%.

maurice1 dev

17:16 PM, 5th April 2023, About A year ago

Just received a £150 demand (£75 renewal) for subletting from E&M, never had one in the last 15 years.
My lease it states:
(i) The Lessee shall not sub-let the whole or any part of the devised premises save that an underletting of the whole of the demised premises (with the prior consent of O.M. Limited and any mortgagee of the
demised premises) is permitted in the case of a term certain not exceeding three years let at a rack rent

There isn't a mention of payment of admin charges

So my question is are Subletting fees likely to be outlawed?

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