Subletting can be a great opportunity to not have to pay rent for those months you will be absent, but problems can arise.  

A good written agreement can be helpful.  here are a few steps to take before jumping into anything: 

  1. 1. Check your lease. 
  2. 2. Does it give you direction on how to proceed with sublettinG? If yes, follow those guidelines.
  3. 4. If no, talk to your landlord FIRST. (S/he has the right to refuse)
  4. 5. Create a short document that outlines the terms & conditions of a person subletting from you. 


Keep in mind that YOU have the original contract with the landlord.  If the subletter doesn’t pay or damages the property, you may be responsible. You want to create a clear document with signatures so no one can say “I didn’t know".

What to include in your sublet agreement:

  1. Name of subletter
  2. The length of the agreement
  3. Amount of rent s/he owes
  4. When rent is due
  5. Directions on how to pay rent (mail to xyz address)
  6. The landlord & your contact information
  7. Who to contact in an emergency
  8. What they can use (“No use of shed”)
  9. The subletter agrees to the other terms of the original lease during their term     
  10. A SIGNATURE from YOU, YOUR     LANDLORD, & the subletter
  11. For you: Make a copy & attach to your    original lease for your records
  12. For subletter: Give him/her a copy of  your lease & sublet agreement


Disclaimer:  The information found at The Off-Campus Renter Center are not that of an attorney.  Please contact ASUM Legal Services (if a student) or your attorney for legal advice.  The information found here is intended for educational purposes only and should be used for ones own pursuit of mitigating disputes.