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A sublease is an agreement between a landlord and one or more tenants. It acts as a way to prematurely vacate the premises or receive a portion of the rent from a roommate without violating the lease. With the landlord's approval, a tenant (also called the sublessor) may sublet the unit for all or some of the remaining rental term.

What is Required

In order for the original tenant to sublet, they must receive written approval from the landlord at least thirty days before the start of the sublet period. The lessor also needs written consent from the subtenant. Some landlords may require the new tenant to officially apply to the apartment. Before subletting, all parties should check the master lease and reach a mutual agreement. Afterwards, the tenant and subtenant should each receive a free copy of the original lease and sublease.

Original Lease

Under this arrangement, the sublessor and subtenant must adhere to the terms of the original lease. Any altered or new lease terms should be clearly stated in the sublease. The tenant's original contract may be updated and replaced to account for changes. Otherwise, it will remain on file as is.

Some terms may not be expressly stated in the sublease but are still required as an extension of the original lease. As an example, the residents should leave the property in good condition. The landlord may hold both tenants liable for damages to the premises. Along with rent, utilities must be paid on time each month to avoid eviction. Each involved party should review the original contract as part of the sublease agreement.

How to Write One

In the section below, we provide a short, step-by-step guide on how to create your sublease agreement.

  1. Check the original lease to see whether subletting is prohibited.
  2. If it is not, get consent from the landlord to sublease the unit or a portion of it.
  3. Identify the various parties involved and include their details in the agreement.
  4. Write down details about the apartment, such as its address and current condition.
  5. Make a note of the lease term.
  6. Determine what the sublessee's responsibilities for utilities will be.
  7. Indicate what security deposit will be required and the portion that is non-refundable.
  8. Include a copy of the original lease.
  9. Sign the agreement.

Sublessors

The original tenant is ultimately responsible for the subtenant's behavior following the signing of a sublease agreement. This means he or she is liable for any damage to the leased unit or unpaid rent. It is in the landlord's best interest for the sublessor and the sublessee to share the responsibility.

Moreover, it is in the initial tenant's best interests to hold any sublessee accountable for all the clauses of the original lease. Here are some of the responsibilities that the sublessor will have:

  • Getting consent from the landlord for subletting the apartment or home
  • Returning the security deposit within 14 working days
  • Following the correct eviction process

Build Your Own

We have given you all the information you need to sublet your rental property, but creating a sublease agreement from scratch can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Fortunately, we have a free form that you can complete:

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eSignature

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Final Thoughts

Sublease arrangements can be the answer in many situations. However, it is important to obtain consent from the landlord for the sublease and to ensure that you are not violating any terms of the original lease.

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FAQs

Is subletting legal in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania law states a tenant must uphold the terms of their lease. Beyond this, there isn't a policy to directly address subletting. As such, the tenant should treat their rental contract as law. A sublease must be signed by the landlord, original tenant, and new tenant once all parties agree to the terms and conditions.

What information should a Pennsylvania sublease agreement include?

The sublease form should include the following:

  • address, including the unit number
  • the amount the subtenant will pay
  • signatures from all involved parties
  • date the document is signed
  • number of late payment days allowed
  • security deposit, if applicable
  • how the rent will be paid
  • the rental term
  • contact information
  • other obligations, such as pet fees and utilities

Can a sublease agreement end early?

The sublease should have clearly defined beginning and end dates. It is the responsibility of the subtenant to notify the landlord prior to moving out. Depending on the contract, this may require up to 60 days' notice. Breaking an approved sublease can subject the sublessor and subtenant to legal repercussions.

In Pennsylvania, there are rights to protect landlords from losses. These rights provide the landlord with the legal authority to evict residents for violating a portion of the rental contract. The reason for violation can include failure to pay rent on time, remaining on the property after the lease ends, and breaking state laws. Since this extends to the subtenant, involved parties should maintain a copy of every contract to ensure everyone follows expectations.

How do I create a Pennsylvania sublease agreement?

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David Bitton

David is the co-founder & CMO of DoorLoop, a best-selling author, legal CLE speaker, and real estate investor. When he's not hanging with his three children, he's writing articles here!