In what circumstances can I sublet or share my studio space?

You must check that your lease permits either subletting (temporarily or permanently leaving your studio and renting it to someone else) or sharing before agreeing this with someone else.

Many do not, for the obvious reason that the landlord wishes to remain in direct control of who is in occupation of the studio. That said, there is no harm in raising this issue with your landlord at the time you enter into the lease, if you feel it may be something you need, for example if your financial circumstances are likely to change, or you anticipate working/studying abroad.

If you know from the outset that you may struggle on your own to pay the rent, it may be worth considering sharing.  However, if you do decide to share with another artist, you should bear in mind that the landlord will probably issue you with a ‘joint tenancy’.  This means that you will each be liable for the whole rent if the other one fails to pay his, or her share.

You should certainly need this flexibility if you wished to take part in Exchange, Artquest’s free international exchange and networking website for artists.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.