Karla Rusch
Published April 3, 2017

Are you subletting your apartment for the summer?  If so, here are some important tips to help you have a good experience.

A subletter is a substitute tenant who lives in your apartment (or rental house) and pays your share of the rent for a period of time when you’re not living there.  Most leases allow subletting, but usually require notification and approval by the landlord.  Check your lease and talk to your landlord before arranging a summer sublet!  Sometimes the other tenants in the apartment must also approve the subletter before the landlord will allow that person to move in. 

Because there are typically more students who live off-campus leaving Boone in the summer than there are individuals who are looking for a place to live during the summer months, finding a subletter is not guaranteed.  You may want to consider paying part of the rent or offering some other benefit to attract a subletter.   Remember, you are responsible for the rent being paid on your apartment for the full term of your lease, regardless of whether you are living there or not.

Requirements and procedures for subletting vary from one rental company to the next.  Typically, regardless of the paperwork a subletter signs with the landlord, 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, is reliable, and is financially able to pay the rent.  

You should also talk to you subletter about what will happen with any furniture or other property of yours that will remain in the apartment over the summer and about the subletter’s responsibilities at the end of the term of the sublet.  You should document the condition of your apartment by taking pictures before you leave for the summer.  If you are leaving property in the apartment for your subletter to use, take photos and inventory your property. 

Make sure you have your subletter’s full name and complete contact information.  Don’t rely on social media as your only method of communicating with your subletter; be sure you have an email address, cellphone number, home phone, and mailing address for your subletter, as well.    

Putting your agreement with the subletter in writing will help ensure that you both understand the details and will make your agreement easier to enforce if there are problems.  This can be a simple document that you type up yourself. 

For more information about subletting, make an appointment for free, confidential legal advice through the Student Legal Clinic located on the third floor of the Plemmons Student Union.  Just call (828) 262-8284 to schedule a meeting. 

For help finding a subletter or a place to live during the summer, go to, and click on “Find a Roommate or Sublease” in the upper left hand corner of the page.   This link will take you to listings created by students and allow you to create your own listing. 

The Off-Campus Student Services Office is a partner program of the Student Legal Clinic.

Click here to visit the Student Legal Clinic website.

Off Campus Housing and Roommate Search

The University provides a searchable database of available rental properties, which includes listings by rental companies and posts by students who are looking to sublet or need a roommate.  Click here to visit the Off-Campus Housing Database.