We are in a situation where we cannot stay in our lease and have been trying to sublease. However, our management company says that we are responsible for any damage that happens during the sublease period. If we move to another state, what is the worse that can happen?
You could be sued for everything you have, that is the worst. What if the subtenant causes a fire that not only burns your unit but next door or numerous units? Tens/hundreds of thousands in damage. If you're on the hook for full liability for the subtenant(s), dont do it period.
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You are responsible for any damage the subtenant does. Plus, subleasing may be a violation of your lease which may say (insufficient facts stated) that subleasing requires prior written approval.
So, the worst potential is either the new subtenant does substantial damages to the premises and does not / cannot pay and you are liable or the landlord declares the subleasing invalid and you are stuck on the lease.
Better to tell the landlord your problems, get the subtenant approved and have them prepay a full coverage insurance policy for the duration of the lease term.
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