Common Terms in a Subletting Agreement

Subletting your rental home or apartment allows you to move somewhere else without formally breaking the lease and incurring penalties for doing so. When you sublet, you find another qualified renter to take your place until the original lease expires.

Payment of Rent

One common feature of subletting agreements is that, like standard leases, they dictate the amount of rent the tenant must pay and to whom. Some renters prefer the tenant to pay the rent directly to the landlord while others would prefer their tenants to submit the rent to them so that they may pay the landlord themselves. If your landlord charges fees for late rent, you may opt to include this fee in your subletting agreement as well.

Clause Against Further Subletting

Yet another common term often found in subletting agreements is a restriction against further subletting. Most individuals want to be certain that they know exactly who will be living in their rental property. Further subletting makes this difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

Evacuating the Premises

A tenant’s entire purpose for subletting his apartment or rental home is to avoid the need to pay the additional rent while he is living elsewhere. Including a provision stating that the individual subletting the home or apartment must provide adequate notice before leaving the premises is standard and gives the original tenant time to find another qualified individual to sublet to.

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