Missouri Sublease Agreement

The Missouri sublease agreement is a contract between an existing tenant (“sublessor”) and a new tenant (“sublessee”) in exchange for use of part of the rental property. Upon landlord approval, the sublessee makes regular, periodic payments towards the sublessor’s original rental obligation.

In places like Maryville, which are college towns, sometimes, renters use the winter and summer sessions to return home. During these two- and three-month periods, they are still required to pay rent, which is why subleasing is useful. With a sublease, the lessee becomes the sublessor, and he or she takes on a replacement renter, which is referred to as the sublessee. The sublessee also benefits because this renter can use the rental agreement as a way to get temporary housing without signing a fixed-term lease. This arrangement is also valuable for those renters that want to leave a lease early; simply add on a sublessee who can live the remainder of the lease in the dwelling and pay rent. 

Subletting Laws in Missouri

According to the laws of Missouri, a tenant will require written approval from the landlord and subleasing is legally forbidden for properties where the lease expressly says that subleasing is not allowed. If a landlord finds that the unit is being sublet, then he or she is legally allowed to double the rent of the unit. For this reason, when a tenant is intending to sublet a unit, he or she should first send a letter to the landlord via certified or first-class mail so that receipt is verified. Next, the renter should then wait at least 30 days to confirm that the landlord or management company consents to the arrangement.

What to Include in a Missouri Sublease Agreement

  • The full names of the sublessor as well as the sub-lessee.
  • The physical address of the unit that is being subleased as well as any identifying factors.
  • The type of lease. Some types of subleases include fixed subleases, month-to-month subleases, or even week-to-week subleases.
  • The amount of rent that the sublessee will be required to pay every month. In addition, utilities can also be included in this section. This can consist of mentioning utilities that the sublessee will be responsible for and the ones that he or she will not. 
  • Information on how the rent is to be paid, including where the rent will need to be dropped off and whether or not there is a late fee.
  • The value of the security deposit that the sublessee will be responsible for paying. Include the number of days after a move-out before the fee is returned to the sublessee.
  • The terms of the sublease. 
  • The landlord’s signature signifies that he or she gives consent. 
  • Both parties signature, printed name, and the date of the document.