Iowa’s Landlord-Tenant Laws allow tenants to sublease their units unless their leases specifically prohibit such activity. Regardless, tenants are encouraged to receive written permission from their landlord before proceeding with a sublease agreement.
A sublease is an agreement between the original tenant (sublessor or sublandlord) under a lease agreement for a rental unit and a new individual (sublessee or subtenant) who does not have a direct connection with the original lease agreement. The sublease agreement is tied to and incorporates the original (master) lease. In Iowa, if the original lease does not contain language giving permission for the tenant to enter into a sublease, the original tenant (sublessor) should obtain written permission from the landlord to do so. The original tenant (sublessor) is still bound by all the requirements/obligations under the original (master) lease agreement.
An Iowa sublease agreement should include the following sections: