The Bottom Line: According to Arizona law, you must obtain consent from your landlord prior to subletting, and be careful, the law states that a landlord is not required to let you sublet.
Check your lease. If your lease does not mention or prohibit subletting then you are in the clear and free to do so. But, most likely, your lease contains a clause which requires you to obtain your landlord’s approval prior to subletting.
Send a letter. You should send a letter to your landlord via certified mail, return-receipt requested, and save a copy of the document for your own records. Certified mail is the only proof of delivery that most courts will accept and thus is the best way to protect yourself. The letter should clearly outline the terms of the agreement and include the following information:
- The term (starting and end dates) of the sublet or the date of the proposed assignment (30 days from when you sent the letter)
- The name of the proposed subtenant or assignee
- The permanent home address of the proposed subtenant or assignee
- Your reason for subletting or leaving permanently
- Your new address during the sublease if applicable
- The written consent of any co‑tenant
- A copy of the proposed sublease
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Wait for a response. Unfortunately, in Arizona, the law isn’t very tenant friendly and doesn’t require your landlord to be reasonable when making his decision. He could reject your subletting request for any reason or no reason at all.
Stay responsible. Remember just because you aren’t living in the place anymore, doesn’t mean that you aren’t held accountable to the terms of your lease. It is still up to you to make sure that the rent is paid on time and that none of the lease terms are broken.