A. Most subleases require landlord's consent or approval in order to take effect and for the subtenant to gain possession of the sublease space, and ultimately, move-in. Typically, the form of approval is a consent document, which is a legal document that requires execution by three parties: a) landlord, b) sublandlord and c) subtenant.
Because the consent document is a legal document, it typically requires negotiation between sublandlord, subtenant and landlord. Additionally, most NYC leases allow the landlord up to thirty (30) days to provide consent for a sublease. Both of these conditions can increase the amount of time between execution of a sublease and possession of a space. There are a couple ways to mitigate these delays: 1) On typical office leases, we negotiate to reduce the amount of time for landlord approval to 15-20 days and if this deadline is not met, then approval is deemed granted; 2) Once the sublease is executed, it is often helpful to initiate a direct relationship between subtenant and landlord, whereby this direct contact can often expedite the approval process.