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Can I Sublet a Rent-Stabilized Apartment?

In most cities and states, you are allowed to sublet a rent-stabilized apartment—just don't expect to earn a profit.


In most places, you can sublet an apartment even if it's rent stabilized—as long as you get the green light from your landlord. However, the amount of rent you can charge a subtenant is probably regulated by your state or city laws. Many cities, like New York, Oakland, and Berkeley, specifically restrict you from charging a subtenant for more than you actually pay in rent. Expect to get the same amount of rent from your subtenant that you pay to you landlord—although you may be able to tack on an additional five to 15% for furniture, utilities, or other expenses.

Choose your state from the dropdown menu at the top of the page for more information about the rules where you live.

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.


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