Asking to sublet

1Information about the tool
2Your information
3Landlord information
4Subletting information
5Get your letter

Information about the tool

This tool creates a letter asking your landlord if you can sublet.

After you answer a series of questions, you’ll get an email with the letter. Review it carefully and make any changes you want. Then sign the letter and send it to your landlord.

Note: CLEO does not store your personal information.

What you need to get started

To use this tool, you need:

  • your email address
  • a mailing address for when you move out
  • the name and address of your landlord
  • the dates you want the sublet to start and end
  • the name of the subtenant, who's the person you want to sublet to

What is subletting

If you want to save some money when you're away from your rental unit, one option is to sublet your place.

You first need to make sure that you can sublet. You can't sublet in some types of housing, such as most subsidized housing. And, your landlord must agree to the sublet.

Subletting means you move out and then move back in later. If you don’t want to move back in, you might want to assign.

If your landlord refuses

Your landlord can’t refuse to let you sublet without a good reason.

If your landlord refuses or rejects your subtenant, there are steps you can take.

What you’re responsible for

If your landlord agrees to let you sublet, you're still responsible for the terms of your rental agreement. For example, if the tenant does not pay the rent, you might have to.

Your landlord can also charge you for reasonable expenses they have related to the sublet. For example, this could be the cost of doing a credit check on the subtenant, or for advertising if they find the subtenant.

Your landlord can't charge for cleaning or general "sublet fees".

Ask your landlord for proof of their costs, such as receipts.

If you have questions about what reasonable expenses are, it's important to get legal advice.

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