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Subletting Laws

A legal sublet generally means that the landlord has consented to it. In some jurisdictions you do not need to get landlord consent if your lease does not require it.

Across jurisdictions, many lease agreements include a standard term for sublets and assignments saying that you can sublet as long as you get approval from your landlord. Most landlords will give you the green light if you present them with a qualified renter and a sublease agreement.

That said, there are some state-by-state differences. For example, in New York and Chicago tenants have the absolute right to sublet even if they are refused or ignored by their landlord. Alternatively, states like Texas have laws prohibiting subletting without landlord consent even if your lease allows it, and Arkansas state law says that you can go to prison for subletting without approval.

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