Q. Respected Mufti Sahib assalmu alaikum can I sublet a premises that I am renting to some one else @ a higher rental?
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A. It is permissible to sublet property that you are renting for a higher rental on condition that:
a) The landlord has not prohibited subletting.
b) You have made improvements to the premises that increase its value (for example, you painted the premises or you tiled it, or added an aircon etc).
If you did not make any improvements to the premises, you cannot sublet it for more than the rental you are being charged.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians