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The leasing of part or all of the property held by a tenant, as opposed to a landlord, during a portion of his or her unexpired balance of the term of occupancy.

A landlord may prohibit a tenant from subletting the leased premises without the land-lord's permission by including such a term in the lease. When subletting is permitted, the original tenant becomes, in effect, the landlord of the sublessee. The sublessee pays the rent to the tenant, not the landlord. The original tenant is not, however, relieved of his or her responsibilities under the original lease with the landlord.

A sublease is different from an assignment where a tenant assigns all of his or her rights under a lease to another. The assignee takes the place of the tenant and must deal with the landlord provided the landlord permits it. The original tenant is no longer responsible to the landlord who consents to the termination of their landlord-tenant relationship.


Landlord and Tenant.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In the event you sublet the apartment without your landlord's nod, the landlord has the right to evict you from the flat.
Like assignment, you need to get written permission from your landlord to sublet. Your landlord can only refuse your request if there are reasonable grounds and must provide written reasons for any refusal.
Davy previously signed a tenancy agreement con-firming she understood she was not allowed to sublet all of her home.
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Another expat in Bur Dubai, said he began to sublet his two-bedroom apartment after he lost his job four years ago and was forced to send his family back home.
It is not currently an offence to sublet a council house - a loophole that allows an estimated 160,000 tenants to move out and take rent from someone else.
It is not currently an offence to sublet a council house - a loophole that lets an estimated 160,000 tenants move out and take rent from someone else.
One Saudi man who asked his name not be published said he usually empties his apartment in the Al-Shisha district near Mina to sublet it to pilgrims.
"I rent my apartment for SR17,000 ($4,533) and then sublet it to pilgrims for over SR13,000 ($3,466) for the few days of the Haj," he said.
Am I within my rights to sublet one of the rooms to a colleague of mine?
A provision that limits the landlord's control over the lessee's ability to assign the ground lease or sublet the premises.