Lodgers and Subletting

Your right to take in lodgers or to sublet


A lodger is someone who rents a room in your home but cannot stop you from having access to any part of it.

You have the right to take in a lodger and ask them to pay rent. You should give us their details and tell us when they moved in. You are responsible for making sure that your home does not become overcrowded.

If you take in a lodger it will not affect the rent we charge but it may affect any claims for benefit you are making. If you receive Housing Benefit and you do decide to take in a lodger you should tell the Benefits section. If you receive Income Support, you should tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


Subletting means leasing out a part of your home to someone else.

You have the right to sublet part of your home but only with our permission. The only reasons why we may not grant you permission to sublet are if it will result in overcrowding or if we need to carry out work which will affect the area you are subletting.

You may not sublet all your tenancy as this would mean the property is not your only or main home.

If you sublet part of your home you are responsible for how your sub tenant behaves.


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Tenancy Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242666