What to include in your sublease agreement.
Here’s a list of common sections to include in your sublease contract. To make sure your agreement is legal, valid, and thorough, you might want to get legal advice on the language you use and, if possible, get your sublease contract looked over by a lawyer.
Contact information. Both parties should fill out identification information like their name, phone number, and email address, as well as the full address of the rental.
Original lease agreement details. Provide a copy of the original or master lease so both parties can reference it.
Monthly rent. State the amount of rent owed per month or week, as well as how the renter should pay rent.
Lease term. Include the move-in and move-out dates for the sublease term. Some subleases include the option to renew the lease at the end of the term. Make note of this in the contract if this is the case.
Security deposit amount. You may require the sublessee to pay a security deposit as insurance against any property damage caused during their stay. Explain how it will be refunded on their departure, assuming the property is in good shape at the lease end date, outside of reasonable wear and tear.
Late fees. In the event that rent is paid late, state what fees will be charged and what the grounds for eviction would be regarding missed payments.
Policies. List any rules you or the property owner will enforce for smoking, pets, parking, or having guests over. In this section you can also identify which areas of the property the subtenant has access to, and which areas of the property are off-limits.
Landlord's consent. Your landlord needs to sign off on your sublease agreement.
Utilities. State which utility costs the sublessee will be responsible for.
Furnishings. List any furnishings included in the room or property being sublet.
Paint disclosure. If your rental unit was built before 1978, U.S. federal law mandates that you must disclose any known information about lead-based paint being used in the property. There may be other disclosures required by your local governing laws. Reference your master lease to double-check, or do some background research of your own.