How do you sublet in New York City?


Quick Answer

According to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board, to sublet an apartment to another renter, a written request must be submitted to the owner of the apartment by certified mail, and a return receipt must also be requested. The request must be sent to the owner at least 30 days before the apartment is subleased.

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The sublease request must contain the terms of the sublease, the name of the person who wants to sublease the apartment, the sublessor's permanent home and business addresses and the reason for the requested sublease. The request must also contain the address the current renter is moving to, written consent from any co-tenant or guarantor who is on the lease, a copy of the proposed lease that is acknowledged by both the current tenant and the subtenant as a true copy of the sublease and a copy of the current lease if one is available.

The owner cannot unreasonably refuse the sublease request, and the owner has 10 days from the receipt of the request to ask for any additional information. Any additional requested information must be provided by the current tenant as long as the request is not unduly burdensome. If the owner fails to respond to the sublease request within 30 days, it is viewed as a sign of consent, and the sublet can proceed.

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