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How to Sublet Your Apartment

Don’t break your lease and risk paying fines – sublet and let someone else take care of the rent.


  • : Sublease laws vary. Check your local laws prior to entering into any agreement with a subtenant.
  • Step 1: Check your lease Check your rental agreement or lease documentation for specific rules on subletting your apartment.
  • Step 2: Send landlord a letter Send your landlord or building manager a certified letter asking permission to sublet, and wait for approval. Keep copies of all communications.
  • Step 3: Find a someone to sublet Place an ad online or with a local paper. Ask friends, colleagues, and family for leads.
  • Step 4: Screen subtenants Interview all potential subtenants before entering a sublease agreement.
  • TIP: Any damage done to the apartment in your absence will be your responsibility to fix or pay for, so be cautious in your choice of subtenant.
  • Step 5: Sign a sublease agreement Have the subtenant sign a sublease agreement and have it notarized.
  • TIP: The sublease agreement should include where the rent will be sent, deposit information, and contact information.
  • Step 6: Send documentation to landlord Send all documentation to your landlord. Include the sublet term the name of the person subletting, their address, your reason for subletting, your permanent address, and a notarized copy of the sublease agreement.
  • Step 7: Move out Move out of your apartment on the agreed upon date and clean it thoroughly for the new occupant.
  • FACT: Did you know? As of 2009, Necker Island, a 74-acre private island in the Caribbean owned by Richard Branson, rents for $46,000 a night.

You Will Need

  • Your rental or lease agreement
  • A computer with internet access
  • Friends
  • colleagues
  • and family
  • A sublease agreement
  • Notary public

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