The Missouri Sublet Agreement is an addition to an existing lease that allows the current tenant, known as the sublessor, to rent out part of the property they are leasing to another party, known as the sublessee. This is usually because the tenant wishes to vacate the property early without breaking their lease, or wishes to acquire a roommate not included on the original lease.
In Missouri a tenant must get the landlord’s written permission in order to sublet their property. If a tenant tries to sublet without the landlord’s permission, the landlord can charge them damages, up to twice the cost of the rent in addition to the rent. It is therefore exceptionally important that a sublessor get written permission from the landlord before subleasing, regardless of the subletting rules spelled out in the original lease.
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 terms of the original lease, the sublessor may be responsible for evicting them or even be evicted alongside them. As such it is suggested that a sublessee be required to complete the Rental Application Form.
A sublease is subject to all of the same laws as any Residential Lease. All of Missouri’s lease laws can be found in Missouri Statutes, Chapters 441 and 535.