This tool creates a letter asking your landlord if you can sublet your rental unit.
After you answer a series of questions, you’ll get an email with the letter. Review it carefully and make any changes you want.
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
When you sublet, a new tenant, called the subtenant, moves into your unit for a fixed period of time while you move out. You move back in when the sublet ends.
You’re still responsible for the terms of your rental agreement during the sublet. For example, if the subtenant does not pay the rent, you might have to.
Don't use this tool if you want to:
- move out for good and have a new tenant take over your rental agreement. This is called assigning your rental unit.
- get a roommate who rents from you, while you still live in the unit. This is called having an authorized occupant or roommate. Learn more about roommates using CLEO's tool Sharing Rental Housing?
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.
Fees and expenses
Your landlord can 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.