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In Washington, a sublease agreement is a legal contract between two tenants where a new tenant will move in and take the place of the original tenant for a period of time. one who will be moving out of an apartment and one that will be moving in. A sublease agreement allows the sublessee (the new tenant) the ability to move into the unit and live just as the original tenant did; paying rent and abiding by the rules of occupancy, while the original tenant (the sublessor) is gone. Sublease agreements highly flexible, temporary agreements that last anywhere from one month to an indefinite amount of time. Subleases can occur for any reason, from military deployment and job relocation to family emergencies and extended vacations. Regardless of the reasoning, sublease agreements should always be in writing with written permission from the landlord in order to protect all parties involved.
In the state of Washington, a tenant is instructed to follow the terms and conditions of his or her lease. If a lease prohibits the tenant from subleasing, then, unfortunately, the tenant may not sublease the unit. If the lease allows subleasing, then the tenant is strongly encouraged to get written permission from his or her landlord.