This is in response to the Housing Minister initiative to give a £500 reward on people reporting on subletter and follows comments made in that thread....
Making some aspects of subletting legal would give tenants more choices, even better than home swapping, because it would allow them to go back to their home.
Once Home swapping was illegal and some people were against it, and now it is perfectly legal. Taking in lodgers was perceived as illegal and then became perfectly acceptable.
Making subletting legal is the next step in this progression.
If I am a student or I have got a job or for whatever other reason, I have to be in another part of the country for months on end paying for another rent there, why do I have to travel back to my social home every now and then just to show that I still live there, when I could let it to someone else and not pay double rent?
I think far better than home swapping, subletting would give freedom for tenants to move to other parts of the country over serious matters like jobs, studies, assisting relatives who are ill., etc.
Illegal subletting is happening anyway, with resources and money wasted in trying to control it. All to no one's benefit. So why not make it legal so everyone benefits for it?... This is a very sensible and positive groundbreaking proposal I am making, Any political party with some sense should steal this idea of mine right now and make it their policy.