The Washington sublease agreement is a binding legal contract that allows an existing tenant (“sublessor”) to rent (“sublease”) all or part of their rental to a new tenant (“subtenant”). The subtenant must make periodic payments to relieve the existing tenant’s rental obligation under the original lease.
A sublease agreement will usually require the landlord’s approval of the new tenant. The landlord may deny approval if the tenant does not meet certain requirements, such as income qualifications or a background check.
Subletting Laws in Washington
Washington landlord tenant law does not specifically address subleasing. Therefore, it is up to the landlord (and what’s written in the original lease agreement) to decide if subletting is allowed or prohibited.
What to Include in a Washington Sublease Agreement
Here are the items to include in a sublease agreement in Washington:
- The beginning and end dates of the agreement.
- Names of the sublessor (original tenant), subtenant (new tenant) and lessor (original landlord).
- Identification of the rental unit or portion thereof subject to the sublease.
- Rent amount and how it is to be paid (when and to whom).
- Inventory of included items, such as appliances, furniture, etc.
- Identification of, and restrictions for the use of, any common areas.
- If utilities are shared, how the allocations will be calculated and how the bills will be paid.
- Any special terms and conditions such as restrictions on use, pets, guest policy, noise policy, and other premises’ rules.
- A referral to the original lease agreement with an acknowledgment that all the terms and conditions in the original lease apply to the sublease. Attach a copy of the original lease to the sublease agreement.
- Signature of all parties and the date that they signed the agreement.