In Massachusetts, a sublease is an agreement between two tenants: a Sublessor and a Sublessee that is in accordance with Part II of Massachusetts General Law. The Sublessor, the original tenant of a rental with a valid lease with the landlord, will come to an agreement with the Sublessee, the incoming tenant who will rent the property in his or her place. With the landlord’s written permission, the Sublessee will rent the space for a predetermined period of time, or until the original lease ends. While the Sublessee is renting the space, the Sublessor’s name will remain on the original lease agreement with the landlord. Should anything unfortunate happen during the sublease agreement, such as property damage or nonpayment of rent, the Sublessor will be held responsible (in most jurisdictions).
Massachusetts Sublease Laws - Part II of Massachusetts General Law
Massachusetts Tenant/Landlord law provides provisions for tenants to sublease their rentals as long as they have permission from their landlord. If the lease specifies that subleasing is not permitted, then, unfortunately, a sublease arrangement will not be allowed. However, if a tenant wishes to sublease the agreement, he or she must obtain written approval from the landlord or property manager.