A Virginia Sublease Agreement is a legal agreement for the current tenant of a property, known as the sublessor, to rent out all or part of their property to another party, known as the sublessee. These are most commonly used to acquire a roommate not included in the original lease, but can also be used when the sublessor wishes to vacate the apartment before their lease has expired.
In Virginia, if a tenant wishes to sublease, they must seek written permission from their landlord. The landlord will have ten (10) days to approve or deny permission. If the landlord fails to respond within ten (10) days the tenant will be allowed to sublet.
Note that, regardless of the terms of the sublease, the sublessor is still responsible for ensuring that the original lease is upheld. If the sublessee fails to pay rent or otherwise violates the lease, the sublessor could be responsible for evicting the sublessee or even face eviction alongside them. It is therefore recommended that the sublessor require that the sublessee complete the Rental Application Form.
Sublease Agreements are subject to the same laws as a normal lease, which can all be found in Virginia Code, Title 55, Chapter 13.