How To Sublease - Is It Legal?

Spending a lot of time searching for a home and you finally found the perfect one to move in to. Getting an opportunity to move away for a semester in college or taking a temporary job in another city, can leave you with a few lease options while you are away. You can terminate your lease and lose your apartment, you can pay the rent on the empty space while you’re not there, or you can sublet it. 


Decide If Subleasing Is Right For You:

Even in the case of you moving out of your apartment and having someone else move in to pay the rent, you remain the leaseholder. By doing so, you’re trusting the new tenant to pay the rent, maintain the utilities, and take care of your apartment. If the new tenant fails to do any of the responsibilities that you were expected to follow as well, be prepared to evict your subtenant. 


Understand The Law:

Landlord/Tenant laws are different state to state. Check with your local legal aid office for advice on how to sublease in your state. Research tenant laws to have a better understanding of your rights. Consult with a private attorney. Most lawyers will do a small consultation at a low price. You usually will not be able to sublease if the housing is government-owned or rent-subsidized.


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