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Let tenant sublease? (by Karen [DC]) May 2, 2018 5:28 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by razorback_tim [AR]) May 2, 2018 5:42 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by plenty [MO]) May 2, 2018 6:16 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by Karen [DC]) May 2, 2018 6:27 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by S i d [MO]) May 2, 2018 6:58 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by Kitty [AL]) May 2, 2018 7:23 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by Vee [OH]) May 2, 2018 7:45 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by Barb [MO]) May 2, 2018 8:24 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by LindaJ [NY]) May 2, 2018 9:22 AM
       Let tenant sublease? (by Jason [VA]) May 2, 2018 12:35 PM

Let tenant sublease? (by Karen [DC]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 5:28 AM

My tenant signed a one-year lease but just a few days later claimed she had suddenly found "the perfect house to buy." She wants to know what her options are. The lease allows sublease with written ok from me, and I cannot disallow it if the sub-tenant meets my criteria. But I am uncomfortable with this tenant/her agent being in charge of subletting since neither -- unlike my agent -- represent my interests. (BTW, both agents belong to the same company.) If this tenant subleases, she is liable for rent being paid and her sub fulfilling all other the conditions of the lease for the full year. I am considering offering her the option of breaking or nullifying the lease provided my agent is the one in charge of finding a new tenant. This option means the current tenant additionally would have to pay any commission my agent might demand. But she would no longer have the burden of this house on her shoulders for a full year. Should I offer her the choice? --88.117.xxx.xxx

Let tenant sublease? (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 5:42 AM

Since your lease allows it I donít see how you are going to keep her from it. It sounds like you have veto power over any prospective tenant she brings and given that she is still responsible it doesnít seem like youíre risking much.

Consider removing the right to sublease and adding a lease-buy our or early termination of 2-2.5 mos rent. That puts you in charge instead of the departing tenant. --70.182.xx.xx

Let tenant sublease? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 6:16 AM

Oh boy. Lot's of spoons in the pot. I would offer that she pay one months rent, forfit deposit and walk away! Like an early termination fee. I would want to part in what is suggested as there are to many ways it can fail and holding a string of people accountable is way to difficult. Cut and dry. Let her go. Don't hold her hostage. --99.203.xx.xx

Let tenant sublease? (by Karen [DC]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 6:27 AM

I agree, the more I think about it the more I dislike the sublease option and hope she will see it that way, too. And I think sublease item will go in next lease, assuming DC law permits it. --88.117.xxx.xxx

Let tenant sublease? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 6:58 AM

Aiyee....get that subleasing clause REMOVED from all future leases, unless the laws in your area require it.

Offer her a buyout option. I charge 6 weeks of rent. They get their deposit back as normal, less any damages or cleaning. I "sell" this option to them as an advantage:

"Think about this Ms. Smith: you don't have to worry about a sub-leasee getting angry and punching holes in the wall that you'd be responsible for. AND we don't keep your deposit either: full refund as long as the premises are returned in the same condition as received, except normal wear and tear. We've had problems with sub-leasees in the past violating their lease, committing crimes, not paying rent, or throwing wild parties and that all comes back on the main tenant, which is you.

Would you sleep better at night knowing you won't have to worry about anyone causing you problems that neither of us can control?"

Talk it up like you think it's the greatest thing since Taco Tuesday. --173.17.xx.xx

Let tenant sublease? (by Kitty [AL]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 7:23 AM

In a case like this I have them pay 2 months rent and walk away. No reason to keep someone who doesn't want to be there. --97.80.xxx.xxx

Let tenant sublease? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 7:45 AM

The early termination is not including damages the deposit must cover, it is simply an early way out,inspect carefully before making any shift. --76.188.xxx.xx

Let tenant sublease? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 8:24 AM

I sell it as an early lease release fee. You pay my fee, which covers my costs, and you walk away. Make sure the fee is enough to cover a month's rent and the cost to find a new tenant with the agent you use.

Sell it as the other's said. If there is a sub-lease, she is still responsible if the sub-tenant makes a mess of things. --131.151.xx.xx

Let tenant sublease? (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 9:22 AM

Did she move in at all? If not, just keep the deposit and first month and let her out of lease. There won't be any cleanup or damage if she never moved in. If she did move in, just get an early release fee if she moves out next month, plenty of time to get a tenant you want.

Sometimes it it just not worth trying to have people honor their lease, for you or them. If you both agree, no problem with the change. --108.44.xx.xxx

Let tenant sublease? (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 12:35 PM

We ALL know how difficult it is to find a qualified tenant. You don't want a sublessee, so simply hand the tenant a list of qualifications you require from a Sublessee (as there is more risk involved): 750+ FICO, no smokers, no pets, income 4x the rent, etc. After pulling her hair out trying to find somebody to fit your requirements, she's likely to concede and offer a buy out.

Simply put "find a tenant to meet these requirements or you may pay a one time ELT fee in the amount of two month's rent"

I would THINK it would be kosher to have one set of qualifications for a sublessee versus a standard lessee, but I'm no lawyer. --170.224.xx.x

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