Read further to learn more about the rules & regulations surrounding subletting in Connecticut, whether for residential or commercial tenancy.
What is a Sublease Agreement?
In the state of Connecticut, a sublease agreement is a legal document that allows the tenant to rent out the unit to a new tenant. This document would give the new renter the same rights as the original tenant, but for the document to be legal in this state, the landlord may have to permit the tenant in the original agreement to rent out the unit. If it is not allowed in the original lease or it is strictly forbidden, a tenant that goes ahead with this type of subleasing may be in breach of contract.
This is an option that many people opt to use when they require a way out of their lease. Instead of breaking the terms of the lease that they are currently in, they will rent the unit out to someone who is looking for a place to live for the same period of time. A sublease agreement does not change the terms of the original lease in any way; it adds a third party to the agreement and makes them responsible for the original terms as well.
The original tenant will still be responsible for the terms as well, so if the rent is not paid on time, they will be responsible for making sure that it is paid as well as the late fees. To avoid any potential issues with the new tenant paying the rent in a timely fashion, credit and background checks are often used before an applicant is accepted as a sublessee. When the terms of the original lease are up, some landlords will allow the sublessee to take over the lease.
How to Write a Sublease Agreement
When writing a sublease agreement, the first thing that should be at the top of the document is the name of the parties involved in the agreement. The sublessee’s name should be first on the document, which should be followed by their current address and a phone number where they can be reached.
Underneath the information for the new tenant, the sublessor’s information should be listed as well. This will include their name, their address, and a phone number where they can be reached. In this section, the information for the landlord should also be included so that if the new tenant needs to contact them for any reason, they know how to do so.
Description of the Property
This section is designed to provide a description of the property that is being leased. This information will include the full address of the lease, which should be written in the same way that it was in the original lease. If there is a floor or an apartment number on the original document, it should be listed here as well. If there is anything in the unit that needs to be repaired at the time the new tenant moves in or any furniture is left behind for them to use, it should be listed in this section of the sublease as well.
Rental Payment and Terms
The terms of the sublease agreement will need to be laid out in this section, but that does not change the terms of the original lease. To make sure that the original lease is followed, it should be included with the documents that the sublessee is given before they move in. The amount of rent that they are required to pay each month and the date that they will need to pay it. Make sure that the new tenant knows where they are to drop the check off for their rent, and if they are responsible for paying any of the utilities in the unit, they need to be listed in this section as well.
Sometimes, the landlord will require the new tenant to put down an additional security deposit to cover the cost of any damages that occur when they are in the unit. If this is not something that is required, the sublessor may request a security deposit, which they will be responsible for holding so that they can use it for repairs when the lease is over or return it to the sublessee. In the state of Connecticut, this amount is not a set deposit amount, but it cannot be larger than the sum of two months’ rent.
Rules for the Subleased Unit
With any rental property, there are going to be rules for the entire property that the tenants will need to follow. These are often stated on the original lease, but they should also be listed here so that the new tenant knows about them before signing the agreement. Some of the rules may include:
- A Noise Policy
- A Smoking Policy
- A Pet Policy
- A Parking Policy
In this section, any disclosures that were included in the original lease should be listed here as well. This can be something like a mold disclosure in a moist area where the humidity could be a problem. It could also be a disclosure for a building that was built before the year 1978. In the state of Connecticut, these buildings have a chance that lead-based paint was used. This can be a hazard to the residents of the building, so it is something that new tenants should be aware of before they move in.
In the state of Connecticut, some landlords will require their permission to sublease a unit. If this is the case, the information should be presented to the landlord before it is 100 percent complete so that they can give their consent. If any other procedures must be followed to gain consent, they should be listed here as well. Also, mention whether this agreement is binding or not.
Signatures and Date
The last section of the subleases agreement is where all of the parties sign their names. Both the initial tenant and the new tenant will be required to sign and date the document. Also, include a box that can be checked to indicate that a copy of the original lease was provided to the new tenant.