Here you will find the complete rules for sub-letting.
AF Bostäder rents out student housing that is intended to be used during a limited period when a person pursues active studies at Lund University. However, if required, following a special application, permission may be granted to sub-let your accommodation for a limited period.
From the Housing List and Rental Conditions
§ 15 Sub-letting requires the approval of AF Bostäder and can only take place under unchanged rental conditions to someone who fulfils the Housing List and Rental Conditions.
A sub-let always entails that the tenant themself does not continue to live in the accommodation and grants the use of it to the sub-tenant for “independent use”. Should the tenant continue to live in the accommodation, it is instead considered as a lodging relationship.
AF Bostäder’s approval
A sub-let always requires AF Bostäder’s approval. To obtain such an approval, the requirements below must always be fulfilled. There is then an individual assessment of the circumstances relating to the specific case.
- A written application must be submitted at the earliest six (6) months and at the latest 14 days before the sub-let applied for begins.
- The applicant must have an acceptable reason for the sub-let (see more below).
- A rental relationship cannot commence or conclude with a sub-let.
- If the tenant does not fulfil the study and membership requirements during the sub-let period, an exemption from these requirements is to have been granted before the application can be assessed.
- The sub-tenant must fulfil the study and membership requirements
Acceptable reasons for sub-letting
Temporary work outside Skåne
Temporary work is considered to be an unbroken period for placement or seasonal employment. Permission may be granted for a sub-let of between four (4) and six (6) months (full calendar months). Trainee positions or probationary employment are not considered to be temporary work, regardless of the length of the employment relationship.
An employment contract and rental agreement must be enclosed with the application that verifies the type and period of employment as well as the applicant’s address during the stay.
Higher education studies outside Skåne
Higher education studies are considered to be each Swedish or international unbroken period of college or university education that in its scope corresponds to the study requirements. Permission may be granted for a sub-let of between four (4) and six (6) months (full calendar months). Regarding higher education studies outside Skåne that generate credits in Ladok at Lund University, permission may be granted for a further four (4) to six (6) months (full calendar months) for the same course or programme in conjunction with the end of the first permitted period. Studies that do not generate credits or corresponding study qualifications abroad are not considered to be higher education studies. These are instead considered as temporary work.
Admission notification and rental agreement must be enclosed with the application that verifies the type, period and scope of the studies as well as the applicant’s address during the stay.
Extended stay abroad
An extended stay abroad is considered to be an unbroken period spent abroad. Permission may be granted for a sub-let of between four (4) and six (6) months (full calendar months).
Travel documents must be enclosed with the application that verifies the period away as well as the applicant’s address during the stay.
Compulsory military service outside Skåne
Compulsory military service is considered to be basic training within the Swedish Armed Forces. Permission may be granted for a sub-let corresponding to the period of service. Supplementary training, refresher training, home guard assignments, employment within the Swedish Armed Forces or military service abroad are not considered to be compulsory military service.
The call-up order must be enclosed with the application.
In a trial cohabitation, one of the parties sub-lets their accommodation in order to try living together for an unbroken period with the other party in their, or their joint, newly obtained accommodation. A trial cohabitation must be under marriage-like conditions and prior cohabitation is not allowed. Permission may be granted for a sub-let of between four (4) and twelve (12) months (full calendar months).
Verification must be enclosed with the application that states whom the trial cohabitation relates to, the period in question and how the accommodation for the trial cohabitation is constituted.
Requirement for unchanged rental conditions
The basis for a sub-let agreement is that it substantially contains the same rental conditions as the tenant’s contract. This means that the rent normally must not exceed the rent that the tenant pays to AF Bostäder. However, the tenant does have the option to impose a surcharge of up to 15% for furnishing of the accommodation provided that this is not already included in the contract with AF Bostäder. The tenant can also impose a surcharge for electricity if it is not already included in the contract.
Who can be a sub-tenant?
Sub-letting must only be to someone who is on AF Bostäder’s housing list and fulfils our Housing List and Rental Conditions, and who intends to live permanently in the accommodation during the permitted rental period. It is therefore not permitted to sub-let housing for short periods via Air BnB or Blocket.
If the rules are not followed
AF Bostäder will terminate the rental agreements of tenants who do not have permission or who charge an excessively high sub-let rent. It is also a punishable offence. The sub-tenant also has the right to recover the whole excess rent even if the sub-let relationship has already expired. AF Bostäder will also terminate the agreements of tenants who sublet their accommodation for short periods via e.g. Air BnB or Blocket, even if permission has been granted for sub-letting.
AF Bostäder regards any attempt to circumvent the housing list and our Housing List and Rental Conditions as a serious matter. We will therefore respond strongly by terminating tenants’ rental agreements and cancelling the queue time of both the tenant and sub-tenant every time this occurs.
Are you going to sub-let? Bear these points in mind!
- Familiarise yourself with our rules so that you do not put your rental agreement at risk and assume a repayment obligation.
- Submit your application to us in good time.
- A sub-let is always your responsibility. You are responsible for any disturbances, damage and other offences that the sub-tenant makes you liable for.
- Always write a rental agreement with the person who is to sub-let.
- Ensure that the sub-tenant has valid home insurance.
- Always pay the rent to us yourself.