Your 5-Step Guide to Subleasing

10 Apr
If you don’t plan on staying in Tucson this summer and have a 12-month lease, then subleasing your room is the perfect option for you!  It’s ridiculous to be paying rent for your place over the summer if you’re not even going to be living there.  So, check out this handy-dandy guide on how to sublet your apartment/house and avoid paying unnecessary rent.


Step 1:  Read your lease and obtain landlord approval.  Not all landlords explicitly state they allow subleasing, so make sure it states in your lease that subleasing is in fact allowed.  If it is not allowed or if it is not stated, talk to your landlord and explain your situation, perhaps he/she would be willing to make an exception.  Be aware that there are laws that “prohibit landlords from rejecting subletting proposals without just cause.”


Step 2:  Ask your roommates.  If your roommates are planning on staying over the summer, then it is imperative that you obtain their approval to sublease as well.  Your roommates will be the ones living with the person you decide on, so have a roommate meeting to talk about this before seeking out potential tenants.


Step 3:  Find a tenant.  It is important to find a responsible, trustworthy tenant to take over the sublease.  When you sublease, you are still partially responsible for apartment/house, so if something goes wrong, the fault is still partially on you.  It’s a good idea to conduct interviews of a potential tenant if they are stranger to you.  Review and follow up on their references to ensure they are a trustworthy person.


Step 4:  Write up a contract.  Although it can be a bit awkward if you are subleasing to a friend, make sure that both he/she and you sign a contract.  No matter how responsible a person is, it is always important to have a set of established rules and consequences when subleasing; you do not want to leave anything up to chance.  Don’t forget to have the contract notarized and have three copies: one for you, one for the tenant, and one for your landlord.


Step 5:  Get a security deposit.  Okay, maybe not as much money as shown above, but you do want some insurance, just in case.  Accidents happen, so give yourself a little peace of mind by collecting a security deposit.  This is especially important because you will most likely not get your deposit back from your landlord until your lease is over. Obtaining this deposit will help ensure that your apartment/house is kept in good condition while you are away.


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