is it necessary and/or advisable to have a written contract between a subletter and a tenant in nyc?
June 20, 2010 8:59 PM Subscribe
should I worry about subletting a room in an apartment with no written agreement between me and the tenant on the lease?
posted by Muffpub to Law & Government (14 answers total)
i'm about to move to a place where all three of us in this three-bedroom apartment in NYC are subletting from one guy who's on the lease. they're all great people and i don't foresee any issues on any level. nevertheless, when i asked the tenant on the lease about whether i needed to sign anything, he said that there "hasn't been a need for a written contract" in the past. all i (and the other two presumably) had to do to get the place is give him a security deposit and that's it.
i understand from *his* point of view what he would gain from a contract - if i break any of his stuff or damage the apartment, i could theoretically walk out and all he would have was my security deposit. but if he's ok with no contract, what do *i*, the subletter, have to lose?
i'm pretty inexperienced with these sort of situations, and know zero about new york / nyc laws in this department either. am i exposing myself to legal or logistical liability of any sort? if i were to ask him to sign something, what would it say? i guess my question is two parts - should there be a contract at all; and if so, what should be in it? thanks askme, i love you.