An Oklahoma sublease agreement is an official legal document that allows a property tenant to rent out some or all of that property to another tenant (or “sublessee” / “subtenant”). In Oklahoma, the initial tenant (or “sublessor”) must create a sublease agreement that doesn’t conflict with the terms and conditions of the original lease. In other words, the details of the initial lease cannot be altered in any way.
To save time and ensure everything is filled out correctly, we recommend using our free Oklahoma sublease agreement builder or reading our steps on how to write an Oklahoma sublease agreement below.
How to Write an Oklahoma Sublease Agreement
- Determine the duration of the sublease — List the beginning and ending dates of the sublease. According to Oklahoma law, tenets can sublet their rental units for a period of two months without landlord approval unless their original rental agreement prohibits it. Sublease terms that exceed two months, however, require certified written consent from the landlord.
- Provide rental property information — Most residential sublease agreements involve the subletting of apartments, condominiums, rooms, or houses. In addition to the property type, list the address of the property being subleased.
- Include information on all parties involved — Include the names and addresses of the landlord and all current tenants listed in the original lease agreement, as well as all prospective subtenants who will be subleasing the property.
- Calculate rent — Provide both the full rent amount and the portion of rent for which the sublessee will be responsible. It’s also important to list additional fees such as utility bills. Stipulate how all costs will be split on a monthly basis.
- List any and all property restrictions — Common restrictions on sublets include smoking and housing pets on the premises.
- Attach a copy of the original lease — To protect all parties involved, a copy of the original lease should always accompany a new sublease agreement.
Oklahoma Sublease Laws
You should check your original lease agreement to see if you’re allowed to sublet your apartment. It’s recommended that a tenant receive written permission from their landlord before subletting in Oklahoma. Once you’ve filled out an Oklahoma sublease agreement, you will be responsible for your subtenant and liable for any violations of the original lease.
A sublessor must honor the terms of the sublease agreement (as well as the original lease) and follow all Oklahoma laws regarding the eviction process, security deposits, and all other landlord-tenant matters.
Oklahoma Landlord-Tenant Laws: Title 41 of the Oklahoma Statutes (Landlord and Tenant)
In Oklahoma, a sublessor must:
- Give a subtenant five days (5) written notice to pay rent or leave
- Return the security deposit within thirty days (30) of the end of the sublease
- Provide thirty days (30) written notice of your intent to not renew the sublease and/or original lease that’s month to month
Oklahoma Sublease FAQs
Is subletting illegal in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma landlords that wish to prohibit or restrict subletting of their properties can include provisions in their rental agreements to do so. Otherwise, subletting is legal in Oklahoma as long as sublessors adhere to state regulations.
Can a tenant sublet without permission in Oklahoma?
Unless a landlord explicitly forbids subletting, a tenant may sublet a rental unit for up to two months without the landlord’s permission. To sublet a rental unit for more than two months, sublessors must secure certified written consent from the landlord.
The easiest way to obtain official consent is to send the landlord a letter through certified mail with a return receipt requested. This letter should detail the terms and conditions of the sublease agreement. Include the sublet duration, the name of the sublessee, the reason for subletting, and the written consent of any and all co‑tenants.
How can a sublessee get out of an Oklahoma sublease agreement?
A sublessee that wants to get out of an Oklahoma sublease agreement should first ask the sublessor if they’ll end the sublease early. Otherwise, the regulations that cover the breaking of subleases are the same as those that govern leasing in general.
Oklahoma has a blanket rule stipulating that a tenant who breaks a lease must pay rent for the lease term as a whole.
However, it provides exceptions to this rule under certain circumstances:
- include lessees who are beginning active duty military service, and
- rental units that are unsafe or in violation of Oklahoma health and safety codes.