Los Angeles, CA asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Is the sublease contract still valid?

I signed a sublease agreement but shortly after (2 weeks later) I was told by management that subleasing was not allowed and that we would be receiving an eviction notice in the near future. Is the sublease contract that I signed void? or is still still legally binding even though it was against the law to make in the first place? I do not want to pay money to the renter for an agreement that is potentially illegal.

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Ellen Pilelsky
Ellen Pilelsky

A: A review of the underlying lease should provide the answer as to whether a sublease is allowable within the confines of your lease. If in fact there is a provision not allowing for a sublease, then your sublease agreement with the lessee is not valid.

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