(Taken from LAND LAWTEACHING MATERIAL Prepared by DANIEL W/GEBRIEL and MELKAMU BELACHEW under the sponsership of JUSTICE AND LEGAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE)
According to Black’s Law Dictionary Sublease is a lease executed by the lessee of land or premise to a third person, transferring the same interest which the lessee enjoys, but for shorter term than that for which the lessee holds. In Ethiopia, unless agreed otherwise, subletting a premise is in principle possible. The only requirement on part of the lessee is that he should give notice to the lessor (Art. 2957). Concerning the status of the relationship between the lessor and the lessee on the one hand and the third person who is subleasing on the other hand the code provides sufficient provisions. The relationship between the lessor and the lessee remains intact whether the lessor has consented to the sublease or not (read art. 2960). The sub-lessee is also bound to pay rent directly to the lessor, but his liability is limited only to the amount of rent payable (art.2962). Finally, a sublease shall be terminated if the principal lease is to be terminated as indicated under article 2964.
3.2.5 Termination of Lease Contract A contract of lease may be terminated for various reasons. The following are some of the reasons stated in the code: