Navigating the Rental Sublet Market: Tips for Landlords and Investors


The rental sublet market in Kenya offers unique opportunities and challenges for landlords and investors. Understanding how to navigate these can significantly enhance your profitability and property management experience. This post provides essential tips and answers common questions to help you thrive in the rental sublet market.

What is a Rental Sublet?

A rental sublet occurs when an existing tenant rents out their leased space to a third party. This arrangement can be partial (sharing the space) or complete (renting out the entire space), usually for a portion of their lease term.

FAQ Section

Q1: What are the benefits of allowing sublets in my rental property?

Allowing sublets can increase your property’s desirability, ensure steadier occupancy rates, and potentially provide a broader network of potential future tenants. It also gives tenants flexibility, which can lead to longer overall tenancies.

Q2: What are the risks of subletting, and how can I mitigate them?

The primary risks include unauthorized occupants, increased wear and tear, and potential legal complications if subtenants violate lease terms. To mitigate these risks, enforce a policy that requires tenant screening, approval of sublets, and possibly adjustment of the rental agreement to include specific sublet clauses.

Q3: Should I adjust the rent if my tenants want to sublet?

It’s common to charge a slightly higher rent or a one-time sublet fee to account for the extra administrative work and potential wear on the property. Ensure any rent adjustments comply with local laws regarding rental properties.

Q4: How can I legally protect my property in a sublet situation?

Include a clear sublet clause in your original rental agreements that outlines the conditions under which subletting is permitted. This clause should specify the need for your approval before subletting and any conditions related to the vetting of subtenants.

Q5: What steps should I take if a tenant sublets without my permission?

If a tenant sublets without permission, refer to your lease agreement’s clauses on breaches of contract. Typically, this could involve a formal warning, a penalty, or in severe cases, eviction proceedings, depending on the laws in Kenya.

Q6: How can I make the sublet process smoother for all parties involved?

Establishing a clear communication channel between you, your tenant, and the subtenant is crucial. Provide all parties with all necessary contact information and require regular updates on the tenancy’s status.


Successfully managing sublets in your rental properties requires clear policies, open communication, and an understanding of the legal landscape. By taking the right precautions, you can benefit from the flexibility sublets offer while minimizing potential drawbacks.

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