Maine Sublease Agreement

The Maine Sublease Agreement creates a legal relationship between a tenant originally bound by a lease (typically residential), and a new tenant that will be residing in the home or apartment in place of or alongside the tenant. The original tenant is called the “sublessor” and the incoming tenant is called the “sublessee.” It is pivotal that tenants entering into this type of contract understand their original obligation to the landlord as stated in the lease agreement. In the case the subtenant does not make their rental payments to the original tenant, the tenant is still required to make timely payments to the landlord.


Maine law is silent in regard to subleasing. For tenants unsure of whether they are permitted to do so, the best course of action is to check the original contract signed. If it is not touched on in the agreement, it can be assumed that subleasing is permitted. To ensure no conflict arises if the landlord were to find out about the subleasing situation, it is best to contact them (in the way described by the agreement) and request permission to do so.

If the sublessor is planning on creating an agreement with a sublessee who is not personally known to them, they should require the sublessee to complete a rental application. This ensures that the sublessee has the financial means to make payments and has a positive history with renting.


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