Subletting An Apartment – Steps to take to sublease your place

Source: RentLingo

Sometimes we have to take off before our lease agreement ends. Whether it’s for vacation, or a new job in a different city, or a college student that wants to return home for the summer, renters sometimes find themselves in a tough spot of having to go several months of paying rent for an apartment that they will not even be living in. So, what do you do? You sublet.

What is subletting?

A sublet / sublease is a legally binding contract that allows you to rent out your place to another while it is still under your name. However, inviting someone to live in your apartment without you is a task that shouldn’t be done lightly. In fact, it’s best to think of this as a business transaction and stay as professional as possible since at the end of the day, it’s you that is ultimately accountable. To protect yourself, it is important to establish a written contract with both parties’ signatures detailing the terms and conditions of the sublease. Continue reading to find a sample sublease agreement template.

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Sublease Agreement Template

There are plenty of resources online where you can find a sublease agreement template. A downloadable word template (.doc file) can be found on UC Berkeley’s Division of Student Affairs page. You may choose to use the template as is or modify your agreement based on your specific needs, but remember to include the following important details in any sublease contract.

While you are away, it’s not a bad idea to stay in contact with your subletter and your landlord to see how things are going and if either have encountered any problems.

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