Legal Issues & Renting

Your Rental History & the Consequences of Subleasing

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Your Rental History & the Consequences of Subleasing

Getting promoted or facing a change-in-life situation often signals a positive in life. However, when that change involves moving, and you have a lease agreement that doesn’t expire for some time, you have a hard decision to make. This decision can have an impact upon your rental history report.

Subleasing might be the only option to withdraw from a lease agreement without breaking the contract or going broke trying to pay rent for a rental you don’t live in any longer. However, subleasing can bring about its own concerns, mostly to your rental history report.

As the renter who signed the lease agreement with the landlord, the landlord will continue to hold you responsible for your end of the agreement, even if you are living in another state and have subleased the apartment out to a new tenant. That means if the rent is not paid on time or in full, the landlord can come after you for payment. Or if damage occurs to the apartment caused by the person subleasing – or even a guest of the person subleasing – the landlord can hold you responsible.

If the person subleasing your apartment isn’t following the contract laid out in the lease agreement you originally signed, the landlord can report late or incomplete rental payments on your rental history report. Or if damage is caused to the apartment and the repairs undergone by the landlord are not reimbursed in a timely manner, this too can appear on your rental history report.

The landlord can also take you to court for breach of contract, which could appear in your criminal history records, and therefore appear on your rental history report.