Overview

Tenants may sublease or assign their rental premises to someone else when certain conditions are met.

Sublet or assignment

A tenant can sublet or assign their rental premises to someone else with the landlord’s written consent. The rental agreement would be between the subletter and tenant. A landlord cannot refuse permission without reasonable grounds, and must give the tenant their reasons in writing within 14 days after receiving the written request.

If the landlord doesn't answer the request within 14 days, the tenant may assume the landlord agrees to the sublet or assignment. A landlord may not charge a fee for giving consent to a sublet.

A tenant who sublets or assigns the rental premises may be responsible for the remainder of the lease, and may choose to seek legal advice.

Contact

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-4088
Toll free: 1-877-427-4088 before the phone number (in Alberta)