West Virginia’s Tenant/Landlord Laws do not mention subleasing, which means that a tenant will be held to the terms of his or her lease. If the landlord does approve a sublease agreement, then the tenant is strongly encouraged to receive such approval in writing to protect all involved parties.
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 West Virginia, the language in the original lease controls whether a sublease may be created. If the original lease requires the permission of the landlord for the tenant to enter into a sublease, the original tenant (sublessor) must obtain written permission from the landlord to do so; if the original lease contains no 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.
A West Virginia sublease agreement should include the following sections: