Ohio Sublease Agreement
An Ohio sublease agreement is a rental form used for re-renting a space without affecting the existing lease agreement. It is formed between a tenant (sublessor) and a new tenant (sublessee). The agreement acts as a miniature version of the lease signed with the landlord, covering how much rent the sublessee will need to pay (and how), rules of the property, how long they’ll rent for, and other important topics.
Ohio doesn’t cover subleasing in their rental laws. Because of this, tenants need to consult the original lease they signed with their landlord prior to looking for a potential sublessee. The lease could include, for example, a section that states the tenant needs to obtain written approval prior to subleasing, and that any potential sublessees need to be screened with an official background check. However, if the original lease does not cover subleasing, it can be presumed that the sublessor can begin subletting.
How to Write
On the first page, the following information will need to be entered:
- The date (mm/dd/yyyy) the sublessor is writing the form.
- The full names of the sublessor (existing tenant) and the sublessee (new tenant).
- The address of the rental property.
- The start and end dates of the lease term. This is how long the sublessee will be permitted to rent the property for. The ending date of the lease term should match the ending date of the original lease agreement.
- The day of the month rent is to be paid, the amount ($) of rent to be paid, and the method in which the sublessee should go about paying rent.
- The amount ($) of the security deposit the sublessee will pay (if any), followed by the number (#) of days the sublessor will have to return the deposit (minus any deductions) at the end of the lease term.
- Whether or not a move-in checklist will be completed.
On the second page of the lease, answer the following:
- If the sublessee is provided parking (and the number of spaces if it is included).
- The utilities the sublessee will need to pay (if any).
- Whether smoking is permitted or not (and if it is, the location(s) they can smoke).
- Whether the landlord permits subletting or not. In Ohio, there are no laws regarding subletting, so the master lease should be checked.
The third page of the form only requires the completion of one (1) section. This is whether or not the property was built prior to 1978. If unsure, the sublessee should check the original lease. If it’s not mentioned in it, it can be assumed it is newer than 1978.
Finally, to close out the form, input the following information:
- Any additional terms or conditions the parties want to include (optional).
- The signed names of the sublessor and sublessee. Additionally, they will both need to print their names on the form and type the date (mm/dd/yyyy) they signed.
- If the parties wish, they can also request their landlord to sign the form. This step is optional, however.
- Once the form has been completed in full, the sublessor should provide a copy to the sublessee, while holding on to the original.