Ohio Residential Sublease Agreement

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The Ohio sublease agreement is a binding contract that allows a current tenant to rent (“sublet”) rental property to a new tenant (“subtenant”). With permission from the landlord, the subtenant makes routine, recurring payments that may or may not be equivalent to the rental amount on the initial tenant’s lease.

In general, the new tenant will take over their responsibility with the property until they get back from their time away or the lease term ends. This means that the tenant will not be responsible for paying the rent or the utilities while they are not living on the premises. They will still be responsible for making sure that the landlord gets their money, but the new tenant or the subtenant will pay it.

Subletting Laws in Ohio

In Ohio, there are no specific subletting laws in place for a tenant and a landlord to follow. This means that if there is not a section in the original rental document that states that this type of arrangement is not allowed on the property, the landlord will have to accept a sublease agreement if it is brought to them by the tenant. With that being said, the tenant should make sure to get written permission to do this agreement at least 30 days before the subtenant moves in. This letter should be sent via certified mail so that the tenant has confirmation that the landlord received it. If the landlord does not respond, it will be assumed that they give their consent. 

What to Include in an Ohio Sublease Agreement

  • The date of the arrangement.
  • The names of the new tenant as well as the original tenant. 
  • The address of the rental unit.
  • The amount of a security deposit that is required.
  • The rental payment and where the payment should be delivered each month.
  • The terms of the original rental agreement.
  • A copy of the lease.
  • The utilities that will need to be paid by the subtenant.
  • The disclosures that were included in the original signing. 
  • The printed names and the signature of both parties.