Minnesota Residential Sublease Agreement

The Minnesota sublease agreement is a contract that allows an existing tenant (“sublessor”) to rent (“sublet”) all (or a portion) of a rental property to a new tenant (“subtenant”). The subtenant makes periodic payments that may or may not be equivalent to the rent due to the existing tenant’s lease.

Sometimes, the primary tenant may need to leave a dwelling for an extended period of time, and when this is the case, if they are on a fixed-term lease, then they are still required to pay rent. To ensure that rent is paid, some lessees take on a supplementary renter who temporarily takes over the lease for the period when the original renter is away. 

Subletting Laws in Minnesota

In the state of Minnesota, the ability to sublet depends greatly on the rules of the lease. If there is no proviso against this type of arrangement, then the original tenant should then have the arrangement consented to by the landlord; in fact, many leases require this step. In most situations, it’s best to get this in writing, and some tenants may wish to send the consent document by certified mail to ensure receipt. It’s also a good idea to provide the landlord with a forwarding address, and a means to contact the original lessee. 

What to Include in a Minnesota Sublease Agreement

  • The first part of the sublease should include the full name of the sublessor, his or her address, his or her subtenant, and the address of the subtenant. 
  • The next section requires the physical address of the dwelling.
  • The third section will detail the full term of the sublease. This can also detail the specific type of sublease, which can include a fixed sublease, month-to-month sublease, or week-to-week sublease.
  • Next, the utilities should be clearly outlined for the subtenant.
  • The next section will deal entirely with the rules surrounding the security deposit. This will entail the value of the deposit, the period in which it’s required to be returned, and the policy on using the fee for repairs post-move-out.
  • The next section is provided for the landlord to mark his or her consent to the arrangement.
  • The following section will be to mark consent for the two parties. Both will need to sign and print their name and also date their signing.