What Can I Do If My Tenant Sublets Without Permission

Renting out your property is a common way to generate income, but it comes with its share of challenges. One of the most significant concerns for landlords is the unauthorized subletting of their property by tenants.

Subletting without permission can create various legal, financial, and even safety issues for landlords. In the United States, landlords must navigate these situations while adhering to fair housing laws.

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In this blog post, we will explore what you can do if your tenant sublets without permission.

Step 1: Review Your Lease Agreement

The first step when you suspect unauthorized subletting is to review the lease agreement you have with your tenant. Lease agreements typically contain clauses related to subletting. If your lease explicitly prohibits subletting without your written consent, you have a strong legal foundation to address the issue.

Step 2: Communicate with the Tenant

Once you’ve confirmed that your lease prohibits subletting without permission, you should contact the tenant who is subletting your property without authorization. Communicate your concerns clearly and professionally, and request information about the subtenant, the terms of the sublease, and the reason for subletting. It’s crucial to maintain a respectful and non-discriminatory tone during this conversation.

Step 3: Determine the Appropriate Action

Based on the information provided by the tenant, you can decide on the appropriate course of action. Here are a few possible scenarios:

a) Terminate the Sublease: If the subtenant violates the lease agreement, you can consider terminating the sublease immediately. This would require the subtenant to vacate the property.

b) Eviction: If your tenant refuses to cooperate and continues the unauthorized subletting, you may have grounds to start eviction proceedings. However, be sure to consult with an attorney and follow the legal eviction process in your state, ensuring you do not engage in retaliatory actions.

c) Renegotiate the Lease: In some cases, you may choose to renegotiate the lease with the tenant to allow for a legal subletting arrangement, subject to your approval.

Step 4: Document Everything

Throughout this process, it is essential to document all interactions and communications with the tenant and any subtenants involved. This documentation will be crucial if the situation escalates, and you need to involve legal authorities or seek a court order.

Step 5: Consult with Legal Professionals

If you encounter significant challenges in resolving the unauthorized subletting issue, it’s advisable to seek legal counsel. An attorney experienced in landlord-tenant law can guide the best course of action and ensure you comply with all fair housing regulations.


Unauthorized subletting can pose significant challenges for landlords in the United States. While it is essential to protect your property and uphold the terms of your lease agreement, it is equally vital to do so while adhering to fair housing laws. By following the steps outlined above, maintaining open communication with your tenant, and seeking legal advice when necessary, you can address unauthorized subletting fairly and lawfully. Remember that fairness, non-discrimination, and adherence to the law are paramount in these situations, and they will serve you well as a responsible and lawful landlord. Explore our website to learn more about affordable housing and management in the free training webinars.

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