People who rent apartments or houses typically have to sign a lease for a fixed period of time. If during that time you're planning on not living at that apartment or house for a while, you may be able to rent the space out to someone else. This process of renting out an apartment or house that you're renting is called Subletting.
Many leases have clauses in them regarding subletting. Some landlords let you sublet freely, others don't let you do it at all. You should always review your lease before subletting your space. City ordinances may also affect your ability to sublet.
There are two ways to have someone else legally move into a space you're renting before the end of the lease: subleasing and assignment.
Because Landlord-tenant law is constantly changing, it can be complicated. Also, there may be variations from state to state regarding subleases and assignments. An experienced landlord-tenant attorney can help you protect yourself in the event that you decide to sublet your space.
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