Subletting Your Apartment

a for rent sign with a black background and orange lettersYou Need to Sublet Your Apartment

There are many reasons why you might need to sublet your apartment. You could have gotten a better job, but it requires your relocation to a different city. Maybe you lost your job and you can no longer afford your apartment. Maybe you and your significant other have decided to make it official and get married, but his/her place is so much better than yours. Or maybe, just maybe you have decided to run away from it all and move to the Caribbean. Whatever your reason, your lease isn’t up and you need to move out.

Subletting Your Apartment: Step One

The first step in subletting your apartment is to find out if you are allowed to sublet your apartment. The best thing to do is to ask your apartment manager directly about subletting your apartment. If you’re considering subletting your apartment, it pays to be upfront about it. Many apartment landlords or leasing agents will allow you to sublet if they approve the potential subletter, often through the same process they used when you applied for your original lease.

Subletting Your Apartment: Step Two

Now that you have permission to sublet your apartment, finding your subletter should be your next step. There are several ways to go about this process.

  1. Ask you friends if they know anyone in the apartment search process.
  2. Ask your apartment leasing agent if they have people on a wait-list that might be interested in taking over your lease.
  3. Advertise in newspapers and on-line.

Subletting Your Apartment: Step Three

You have found your subletter, now you need to make sure all the proper paperwork is handled. Go with them to your apartment leasing office and have them fill out the paperwork that is required by your landlord. It is also a good idea to have an agreement drawn up between yourself and the subletter to protect yourself if the subletter doesn’t pay rent or moves out of the apartment and is never heard of again. Remember that your name is still on the lease and you are still legally responsible for the lease.

Subletting Your Apartment: Final Step

Everything is worked out, your subletter is found and approved, and you are moving out. Just make sure that you have a new place all lined up. If you need assistance, you can always visit and make sure that you mention that you found your apartment here when applying for it so you can claim your apartment reward.