I am Travelling; my Chametz (and flatmate) are Staying

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Hi Rabbi
I have a bit of an issue. I live with another guy who’s frum-ish. I’ll be away until after Pesach. During this time I am sub-renting my flat to a new person for about 6 weeks. These two guys will be in the flat over Pesach.  To what extent do I have to clean the flat or put away my dishes etc. I don’t know their level of stringency but assume that the new sub-tenant is not a religious guy.  Bear in mind that I leave next week and physically I have very little time to actually clean and can’t lock cupboards so early.
Looking forward to hearing your views and thank for guidance.

Hi Matt
Strictly speaking the responsibility to prepare for Pesach in incumbent on your sub-tenant and your flatmate. Therefore I would suggest that you simply sell your chametz in the usual way. You should appoint/ask those who are in the flat over Pesach to check for chametz in the correct manner, but if they fall short of a thorough search-and-destroy mission that is not your responsibility. You should also perform bedikat hametz the night before Pesach, however (in keeping with realistic parameters).
Safe travels!
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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