A sublease is an agreement between two tenants: a Sublessor and a Sublessee. The Sublessor is defined as the original tenant of a rental who has a valid lease with the landlord, while the Sublessee is the incoming tenant who will rent the property in place of the Sublessor. 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.
Ohio’s Tenant/Landlord Laws indtruct the tenant to follow the terms of his or her lease. This means that if a lease agreement prohibits subleasing, then the tenant cannot sublease. If the landlord approves a sublease request, be sure to get written documentation of his or her approval.