A Washington Sublet Agreement is a special kind of agreement that lets the current tenant of a property rent out all or part of the property they are renting to another person or party. This is typically used when the original tenant wishes to acquire a roommate not included on the original lease, or if the tenant cannot remain at the property but doesn’t wish to break their lease. In this kind of arrangement, the original tenant is known as the sublessor and the new tenant as the sublessee.
Washington has no laws or statutes on the state level regulating subleases. As such, the rules for subleasing will be laid out by the original lease. Most leases forbid or at least discourage subletting, but if they do not specifically allow it, a tenant will have to seek written permission from their landlord.
Regardless of the terms of the sublease, the sublessor will still be responsible for ensuring that the original lease is upheld. If the sublessee somehow breaks it, both sublessor and sublessee could face eviction. As such it is highly suggested that the sublessee be a known party to either landlord or sublessor, or be required to fcomplete the Rent Application Form.
As Washington has no laws specifically regarding subleases, they are governed by the same laws a normal lease. All of Washington’s lease laws can be found in the Washington State Code, Title 59.