What happens if you get caught illegally subletting?
Moreover, can you go to jail for subletting?
If a court finds you guilty of the first offence of unlawful subletting, you can be fined in the magistrates' court. There is no maximum fine. At the magistrates' court, you can get up to six months in prison or a fine, or both. At the Crown Court the maximum penalty is imprisonment for two years or a fine, or both.
One may also ask, is it subletting if they don't pay? Don't Sublease to Just Anyone Once you sublease, you are in a legal relationship with the person with whom you decide to sublease. You are also liable if the subtenant does not pay their rent or causes damage to the property.
Likewise, what happens if you illegally sublets?
You could be evicted and owe the subtenant triple damages for any overcharge. You might also be liable to your landlord for the remainder of the lease rental amount and the landlord's attorney's fees.
How do I evict an illegal subtenant?
You will need to provide proper notice. If the subtenant won't leave the premises, you will have to file an unlawful detainer action, wait for approval, and then if needed, get the sheriff's office to remove the subtenant. Some cities have rent control laws that require proper grounds for eviction.