The Rhode Island sublease agreement is a contract between an existing tenant (“sublessor”) and a new tenant (“subtenant”). The subtenant makes periodic payments towards the sublessor’s rental obligation in exchange for access to the property. The initial tenant must have the landlord’s approval to begin subletting.
A sublease agreement is an option that a tenant can consider doing instead of breaking the terms of their rental agreement when they need to move away from the property for a short period of time. This will transfer all of the responsibilities of the rental to another individual, which means that they will need to pay the rent and the utilities for the unit on time. This will release the current tenant form the responsibilities of the unit, but depending on the arrangement, they may still be the person who needs to deliver the rent to the landlord and make sure that they receive it on time.
Subletting Laws in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island, There are not specific sublease laws that the tenant must abide by, but that means that the landlord can choose to deny this kind of arrangement from occurring at all in the original lease. If there is a section in the rental agreement that prohibits subleasing the property, then it cannot be done. If there is no rule forbidding it, the tenant must send a notice to the landlord to request permission for this type of agreement. The notification should be submitted at least 30 days in advance, and it should be sent through certified mail so that the tenant can get receipt of the notice. The landlord may also want to have a part in the application process to give their consent for the new tenant.
What to Include in a Rhode Island Sublease Agreement
- The date of the arrangement.
- The full names of the subtenant and the sublessor.
- The terms of the lease. This will include whether pets are permitted on the premises and parking rules for the property.
- Whether the lease can be renewed by the subtenant when the sublease agreement expires.
- The utilities that will need to be paid.
- The security deposit that the subtenant will be responsible for paying.
- The amount of rent that is due each month, when it is due, and where it should be delivered.
- Any disclosures that were provided to the original tenant.
- The signature of both parties as well as the landlord’s consent.