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How to Handle Tenant Requests to Sublet Apartment for the Summer

Question: My tenant wants to sublet her apartment for the summer.  If I agree, how can I protect myself from any legal problems?  

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Tenants: How to Make Airbnb Work for You and Your Landlord

If you're a renter, there is good news and bad news about renting out your apartment short-term though websites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, or FlipKey.

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What are landlord’s legal rights when it comes to entry during a tenant’s extended absence?

My tenant travels a lot and I am concerned about potential maintenance and other problems that might occur in an empty rental unit during the tenant...

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How much detail do I need to include about utilities in the lease?

How much detail do I need to include about utilities in the lease? To prevent misunderstandings with tenants, your lease or rental agreement inclu...

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How much detail should I include about rent in my lease?

How much detail should I include about rent in my lease? To avoid disputes with tenants, and to help ensure that tenants pay their rent on time an...

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Do property managers sign the lease or rental agreement?

Do property managers sign the lease or rental agreement? Typically, it’s the landlord or property owner who signs a lease or rental agreement wi...

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Who needs to sign a lease or rental agreement?

Who needs to sign a lease or rental agreement? Every lease or rental agreement should identify the “parties” to the agreement.

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How can I make sure that my lease clause covers all relevant security deposit issues?

How can I make sure that my lease clause covers all relevant security deposit issues? Security deposits are a frequent cause of landlord-tenant d...

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What's a recommended lease clause on occupancy limits?

What’s the best way to limit the number of people who live in the apartment I’m renting out? To start with, make sure your lease or rental agr...

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How much detail should my lease include on the rental unit itself?

How much detail should my lease include on the rental unit itself? Lease and rental agreements typically include a clause called something like ...

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What types of lease clauses are illegal in California?

Question I’m concerned that my lease includes some illegal clauses that sign away my rights under California landlord-tenant law. Are there pro...

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Does my California landlord need to give me a copy of the lease in Spanish?

Question My non-English speaking father is getting ready to sign a lease for a new apartment in Northern California.

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Renting Out a Spare Room in My House

Question I’m thinking of renting out a spare room in my house on a long-term basis (not Airbnb).

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Will my whole lease be thrown out if there’s an illegal clause in it?

Question Will my whole lease be thrown out if there’s an illegal clause in it?

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Sample Tenant-Subletter Agreement

Tenants who want to sublet

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Sample Sublet Agreement

If your landlord agrees to let you sublet

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How to Sublet a Rental Unit

Interested in subletting your apartment  for a few months while you’re on a summer abroad program? Or looking to sublet your rental house while on...

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What’s the best way to get a new tenancy off to a good start?

A clearly written lease or rental agreement is the key to starting a new tenancy.

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Sample Letter to Landlord Suggesting Potential Tenants

If you need to break your lease and move out early, ideally you can work something out with your landlord; in such cases you'll want to get it in wr...

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Sample Agreement Regarding Cancellation of Lease

If you plan to move out before the end of a lease term, notify your landlord as soon as possible.

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Sample Agreement with Landlord: Partial Rent Payments

On occasion, you may be short of money to pay your full rent on time.

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Sample Letter to Landlord: Permission to Add a Roommate

If you want a friend to move in to your rental unit, it’s a good idea to check with your landlord first.

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Pet Deposits and Fees

Landlords have the right to prohibit all pets, or to restrict the type (such as cats only), number, or size of pets or dog breeds allowed. Federal l...

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Whether to Use a Lease or Rental Agreement

Renting your property without a clear rental agreement or lease is an invitation for trouble. The landlord-tenant relationship is complicated today, w...

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Ten Terms to Include in Your Lease or Rental Agreement

A lease or rental agreement sets out the rules landlords and tenants agree to follow in their rental relationship. It is a legal contract, as well as ...

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Smart Landlord Policies for Pet-Friendly Rentals

Many landlords allow tenants to keep pets in their rentals. They do so because they love pets, or see benefits to their property -- like a broader poo...

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Pets Caught in Foreclosure -- Landlords Can Help

The foreclosure crisis has affected not only homeowners, but their pets, too. Suddenly faced with the need to find a rental, many ex-homeowners are tu...

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