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A landlord can use a Consent to Lease Assignment to allow the original tenant to transfer an original lease agreement to another party.

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Consent to Lease Assignment

When you, as a tenant, enter into a lease agreement with a landlord, you agree to use the property for its intended purpose (residential or commercial, depending on the property's class and zoning) for the duration of the agreement.

If you want to exit the agreement early, and the landlord refuses to let you out of the agreement, your only legal recourse is to attempt to assign your end of the lease to another party. As most lease agreements likely forbid an unauthorized assignment, you'll need to get consent from your landlord first.

What Is a Consent to Lease Assignment?

If you cannot convince your landlord to let you out of the lease with no strings attached, a Consent to Lease Assignment is the only way to get out of a lease agreement scot-free. This document allows you to transfer your existing lease to another party, assuming your landlord approves. 

Other Names for Consent to Lease Assignment

Depending on your state, a Consent to Lease Assignment may also be known as:

  • Assignment of Residential Lease With Landlord's Consent
  • Landlord's Consent to Lease Assignment
  • Assignment of Lease Form
  • Assignment of Lease by Lessee With Consent of Lessor

Who Needs a Consent to Lease Assignment?

In the United States, most lease agreements do not allow a tenant to reassign a lease unless they first obtain a Consent to Lease Assignment from the landlord.

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Whether you're a landlord or a tenant, preparing a Consent to Lease Assignment is relatively straightforward if you know the local laws and what items to include.

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What Information Will I Need to Create My Consent to Lease Assignment?

To create your document, please provide:

  • Lessor Information: The legal name and contact information of the landlord
  • Lessee Information: The legal name and contact information of the current tenant
  • Assignee Information: The legal name and contact information of the new tenant who is to be assigned the lease
  • Location of the Property: The address and formal description of the property
  • Dates: The date of the original lease and that of the consent
  • Liabilities: A clause releasing the original lessee of future liabilities
  • Signature: The landlord must sign the consent

Consent to Lease Assignment Terms

  • Lessor: The landlord
  • Lessee: The original tenant, also known as the assignor
  • Assignee: The new tenant
  • Notice of Eviction: A mandatory notice sent by a landlord to a tenant before a family court would consider an eviction proceeding
  • Governing Law: A clause that specifies the state's law that would apply to contract enforcement
  • Severability: The quality of a document remaining valid even when some of the parts or provisions are struck out
  • Encumbrance: A claim on a property, such as a lien, from someone other than the owner
  • Liability: The state of being legally responsible, financially or otherwise

Consent to Lease Assignment Signing Requirements

The landlord is the only party who must sign the consent to make it legally binding. You do not have to get the document notarized or have a witness for the signature.

What to Do With Your Consent to Lease Assignment

After you have produced your Consent to Lease Assignment on 360 Legal Forms, you will be able to download it, after which you can print copies. If you're the landlord, sign the document before forwarding it to your tenant. Keep a copy in your records. If you're the tenant, present the document to the landlord for their signature.

Frequently Asked Questions

A release of assignment is a clause included in a Consent to Lease Assignment that absolves the original tenant of future property damage. Without this statement, the landlord could go after the current tenant for damages if the new tenant turns out to be an irresponsible deadbeat.

A Consent to Lease Assignment transfers the entire lease to a new party. With a Consent to Sublease, the original tenant is still responsible for the lease but sublets to a new tenant to recoup the cost of rent. Both documents require the official, signed approval of the landlord. 

As the original tenant, you may want to tell prospective new tenants everything worth knowing about the property to prevent surprises and fruitless efforts. For the more serious prospects, you can offer to show them the original lease or even supply them with a copy. You can even prepare the consent on your part, which may make it easier to get your landlord's approval.

For all residential properties built before 1978, landlords and sellers must supply prospective tenants and buyers with a lead-based paint disclosure. The 1996 Lead-Based Paint Disclosure federal law requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce this rule, which may apply to a tenant attempting to assign the lease to someone else.

Without a Consent to Lease Assignment, the landlord can sue you and win easily. The standard lease agreement in the United States explicitly forbids reassignment. You must obtain this consent if you want to have any hope of your lease assignment holding up legally.

 

Generally, the consent does not need to be notarized – the signature alone makes it legally enforceable. An impartial witness may be helpful in the event the signature on the agreement is ever challenged, but a notary is not necessary.

 

Please Note: The use of a notary ensures that no one challenges any signatures later and is a secure way to firmly establish the effectiveness of your document.

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