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THIS SUBLEASE dated this 23rd day of October, 2016



(the "Sublandlord")


- AND-


(the "Subtenant")


  1. Background
  2. This is an agreement (the "Sublease") to sublet real property according to the terms specified below.
  3. The provisions of this Sublease are subject to the terms and restrictions of the master lease (the "Master Lease") dated October 23, 2016 between _________________________ (the "Landlord") and the Sublandlord, with respect to the following house and any improvements on those lands (the "Premises") municipally described as: ______________________________________________.

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Sublandlord subletting and the Subtenant renting the Subleased Premises, both parties agree to keep, perform and fulfill the promises, conditions and agreements below:

  1. Subleased Premises
  2. The Sublandlord agrees to sublease to the Subtenant all of the Premises (the "Subleased Premises") , for use as a residential Subleased Premises only. Neither the Subleased Premises nor any part of the Subleased Premises will be used at any time during the Term of this Sublease by the Subtenant for the purpose of carrying on any business, profession, or trade of any kind, or for the purpose other than as a private single-family residence.
  3. Term
  4. The term (the "Term") of this Sublease commences at 12:00 noon on October 23, 2016 and ends at 12:00 noon on October 23, 2016.
  5. Rent
  6. The amount of rent and the frequency of payment are the same as under the Master Lease.
  7. The Subtenant will deliver or send the rent to the Sublandlord at __________________________________, or at such place as the Sublandlord may later designate.
  8. Utilities
  9. All payments for utilities and other charges connected with the Subleased Premises, which are to be paid by the Sublandlord under the Master Lease, will be paid by the Subtenant for the remainder of the Term.
  10. Maintenance
  11. The Subtenant agrees to surrender and deliver to the Sublandlord the Subleased Premises and all furniture and decorations within the Subleased Premises in as good a condition as they were at the beginning of the Term, reasonable wear and tear excepted.
  12. The Subtenant will be liable to the Sublandlord and the Landlord for any damages occurring to the Subleased Premises or the contents of the Subleased Premises or to the building which are done by the Subtenant or the Subtenant's guests.
  13. Damage Deposit
  14. The Subtenant agrees to pay to the Sublandlord a deposit of $0.00 (the "Deposit") to cover damages and cleaning.  The Sublandlord agrees that if the Subleased Premises and contents in the Subleased Premises are returned to the Sublandlord in the same condition as when received by the Subtenant, reasonable wear and tear excepted, the Sublandlord will refund to the Subtenant the Deposit, or the amount remaining, at the end of the Term, or within 30 days thereafter.  Any reason for retaining a portion of the Deposit will be explained in writing within 30 days to the Subtenant.
  15. Insurance
  16. The Subtenant, at the expense of the Subtenant, will carry insurance similar to that required of the Sublandlord under the Master Lease. The Subtenant will include both the Sublandlord and the Landlord as additional insureds on all policies of insurance.
  17. The Subtenant will provide proof of such insurance to the Sublandlord and the Landlord upon the request of the Sublandlord or the Landlord.  In any event, the Subtenant will provide proof of such insurance upon the issuance or renewal of such insurance.
  18. Alterations and Improvements
  19. The Subtenant will have the same rights to make such alterations and improvements to the Subleased Premises as the Sublandlord is allowed provided the Subtenant gets the prior written consent of both the Landlord and the Sublandlord.
  20. Taxes
  21. The Subtenant will pay any privilege, excise and other taxes duly assessed against the business of the Subtenant, the Subleased Premises and any personal property on or about the Subleased Premises. The Subtenant will avoid the assessment of any late fees or penalties.
  22. Event of Default
  23. The Subtenant will default under this Sublease if any one or more of the following events (the "Event of Default") occurs:
    1. The Subtenant fails to pay the Rent to the Sublandlord or any amount of it when due or within any grace period, if any.
    2. The Subtenant fails to perform any of its obligations under this Sublease or any applicable obligation under the Master Lease.
    3. The Subtenant becomes insolvent, commits an act of bankruptcy, becomes bankrupt, takes the benefit of any legislation that may be in force for bankrupt or insolvent debtors, becomes involved in a voluntary or involuntary winding up, dissolution or liquidation proceeding, or if a receiver will be appointed for the affairs of the Subtenant.
    4. The Subtenant abandons the Subleased Premises or any part of the Subleased Premises.
    5. The Subtenant uses the Subleased Premises for any unpermitted or illegal purposes.
    6. The Subtenant fails to commence, diligently pursue, and complete the Subtenant's work to be performed pursuant to this Sublease pertaining to the Subleased Premises.
    7. The Subleased Premises, or any part of the Subleased Premises, is completely or partially damaged by fire or other casualty that is due to the Subtenant's negligence, wilful act, or that of the Subtenant's employee, family, agent, or guest.
    8. Any other event of default provided in the Act.
  24. Remedies
  25. Upon the occurrence of any Event of Default, the Sublandlord has any or all of the following remedies:
    1. Terminate the Sublease upon any notice required in the Act and the term will then immediately become forfeited and void.
    2. The Sublandlord may, but is not obligated to, perform any obligation of this Sublease or the Master Lease, which the Subtenant has failed to perform, on behalf of the Subtenant and seek redress from the Subtenant.
    3. The Sublandlord may reenter the Subleased Premises or any part of the Subleased Premises, and in the name of the whole repossess and enjoy the same as of its former state anything contained within the Subleased Premises.
    4. Any other remedy provided in the Act.
  26. No reference to or exercise of any specific right or remedy by the Sublandlord will prejudice or preclude the Sublandlord from any other remedy whether allowed at law or in equity or expressly provided for in this Sublease or the Master Lease. No such remedy will be exclusive or dependent upon any other such remedy, but the Sublandlord may from time to time exercise any one or more of such remedies independently or in combination.
  27. Upon the expiration, termination or cancellation of the Master Lease or this Sublease, all obligations of the parties under this Sublease will be extinguished.
  28. Any improvements remaining on the Subleased Premises upon termination will revert to the Sublandlord and will be free of any encumbrance at the time of such reversion.
  29. Governing Law
  30. It is the intention of the parties to this Sublease that the tenancy created by this Sublease and the performance under this Sublease, and all suits and special proceedings under this Sublease, be construed in accordance with and governed, to the exclusion of the law of any other forum, by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without regard to the jurisdiction in which any action or special proceeding may be instituted.
  31. Severability
  32. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Subease and the Commonwealth of Virginia (the "Act"), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Sublease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Sublease.
  33. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Sublease and any form of Sublease prescribed by the Act, that prescribed form will prevail and such provisions of the Sublease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with that prescribed form. Further any provisions that are required by the prescribed form are incorporated into this Sublease.
  34. In the event that any of the provisions of this Sublease will be held to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, those provisions to the extent enforceable and all other provisions will nevertheless continue to be valid and enforceable as though the invalid or unenforceable parts had not been included in this Sublease and the remaining provisions had been executed by both parties subsequent to the expungement of the invalid provision.
  35. Any alterations and improvements must comply with all applicable construction laws and regulations regarding property improvements.
  36. The Subtenant will ensure that the Subleased Premises remain free and clear of any and all liens arising out of the work performed or materials used in making such improvements to the Subleased Premises.
  37. Subletting
  38. The Subtenant will not assign, transfer or further sublet the Subleased Premises or any part of the Subleased Premises without the prior written consent of the Sublandlord and the Landlord.
  39. Additional Clause
  40. ___________________________________________________________
  41. Notices
  42. Unless otherwise specifically provided in this Sublease, all notices from the Subtenant to the Sublandlord will be served or sent to the Sublandlord at the following address(es): ___________________________________
  43. Unless otherwise specifically provided in this sublease, all notices from the Sublandlord to the Subtenant will be served or sent to the Subtenant at the following address(es): ___________________________________
  44. All notices to be given under this Sublease will be in writing and will be served personally or sent by certified or registered mail using United States Postal Service.
  45. Master Lease
  46. This Sublease incorporates and is subject to the Master Lease, a copy of which is attached to this Sublease, and which is incorporated as if it were set out in this Sublease.
  48. General Provisions
  49. At the time of taking possession of the Subleased Premises by the Subtenant, or within 0 days of such possession, the Sublandlord will provide the Subtenant with an inspection form.
  50. In the event of any legal action concerning this Sublease, the losing party will pay to the prevailing party reasonable attorney's fees and court costs to be fixed by the court and such judgment will be entered.
  51. Subject to the other provisions of this Sublease, this Sublease constitutes the sole agreement between the parties, and no additions, deletions or modifications may be accomplished without the written consent of both parties. Any oral representations made at the time of executing this Sublease are not legally valid and, therefore, are not  binding upon either party.
  52. The words "Sublandlord" and "Subtenant" as used in this Sublease include the plural as well as the singular; no regard for gender is intended by the language in this Sublease.
  53. The Sublandlord may enter the Subleased Premises upon 24 hours notice for any of the following reasons:
    1. to inspect the Subleased Premises;
    2. to maintain the Subleased Premises; or
    3. to make repairs that the Sublandlord is obligated to perform.
  54. The Sublandlord and the Subtenant have no interest or other ownership in each other. The parties are not agents for each other. Under no circumstances will this Sublease be construed as creating a partnership or joint venture between the parties to this Sublease.
  55. If the Subtenant is under the age of 18, the Subtenant's legal guardian or parent guarantees and agrees to perform all of the terms, covenants and conditions of this Sublease by affixing their signature below.
  56. Each signatory to this Sublease acknowledges receipt of an executed copy of this Sublease.
  57. This Sublease is not binding upon either party unless consented to by the Landlord as provided below.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Sublandlord and the Subtenant have duly affixed their signatures under hand and seal on this 23rd day of October, 2016.





Consent of Landlord to Sublease

The undersigned, the landlord in the Master Lease of October 23, 2016, hereby consents in writing to the foregoing Sublease Agreement. The Landlord will provide both the Sublandlord and the Subtenant with notice of any breach by the Subtenant under the Master Lease.

Dated: _____ day of__________________, 20____



Residential Sublease Agreement

Alternate Names:

A Residential Sublease Agreement is also known as a:

  • Sublet Agreement
  • Sublease Contract
  • Sublet Contract
  • Room Rental Agreement

Who are the Parties in a Sublease Agreement?

The parties in a Sublease Agreement are:

  • The Landlord, who owns the residential rental property and entered into a lease with the original tenant
  • The Sublandlord (original tenant), who entered into a lease with the landlord, and is now subleasing all or part of the rental property to a subtenant
  • The Subtenant, who is entering into a lease with the sublandlord to temporarily rent all or part of the property

What is a Residential Sublease Agreement?

A Sublease Agreement is a legally binding contract made between a tenant and a subtenant, with the landlord's consent. It describes the rights and responsibilities of the subtenant and sublandlord during the sublease term.

A sublease often occurs when a tenant needs to relocate temporarily during their lease term, and finds a third party, or subtenant, to take over rent payments while they're away. A tenant can also sublet a portion of the premises to a subtenant, such as a room.

A Sublease Agreement does not invalidate the terms of the original lease. The original tenant, or sublandlord, retains their obligations to the landlord, in addition to being liable for damages or lease violations by the subtenant.

Both the subtenant and sublandlord should sign the sublease and keep a copy for their records. In addition, the sublandlord should either attach a copy of the master lease to the Sublease Agreement or deliver it directly to the subtenant.

The Types of Properties You Can Sublet

As long as you have permission from the landlord, you can sublet any residential rental property, including:

  • House
  • Condo
  • Apartment
  • Duplex
  • Townhouse
  • Basement suite
  • Room
  • Garage

What to Include in Your Residential Sublease Agreement

A Sublease Agreement contains details about the rental arrangement between the sublandlord and subtenant, including whether:

  • The sublease term will be fixed or renew automatically
  • The entire premises or a portion of the premises will be sublet
  • Rent and utilities will be the same as under the master lease
  • A damage deposit is required
  • Renters' insurance is required
  • Alterations or improvements are permitted
  • A check-in inspection form is required

Why Should I Use a Sublease Agreement?

It's important to have a written contract in place to outline the terms of the sublease. A formal agreement clarifies the obligations of all three parties during the sublease term, and can prevent future misunderstandings over payment details, maintenance duties, and liability for damages.

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