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Subletting Laws in District of Columbia

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.

In Washington D.C., if your lease does not forbid subletting, you are free to sublet your apartment. Your lease may state that you must receive the landlord’s consent before moving forward. To get approval for a sublet in DC, send your landlord a letter, a rental application and a copy of your sublet agreement.

If you sublet without consent your landlord could send you a notice to cure or vacate within thirty days. You can resolve the issue only by kicking out your subtenant and moving back in.

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