Are you subletting your apartment for the summer? If so, here are some important tips to help things go smoothly.
A subletter is a substitute tenant who lives in your space and pays your share of the rent for a period of time when you are not living in your apartment. Most leases allow subletting, but usually require that the landlord be notified and approve the subletter. Check your lease and talk to your landlord before setting up a summer sublet! Often, even when the landlord requires the subletter (new tenant) to sign papers, the original tenant remains legally and financially responsible for rent and other obligations under the lease. In other words, if your subletter breaks a rule, damages the rental property, or doesn’t pay rent, you could be charged for the amounts due. Make sure your subletter understands his responsibilities, and take reasonable steps to ensure that he is reliable and financially able to pay the rent. If the subletter will also be covering the cost of utilities (separate from rent), discuss how utilities will be paid.Read more