So, you’ve managed to secure the job of your dreams in your favorite city, but there’s a catch–your apartment lease doesn’t end for another six months. What to do? While you could pay rent on two apartments, the much more economical approach is subletting.
By finding a subletter to take over your lease, you can jet off to your new locale without worrying about leaving your former roommates on the hook for finding someone to take over your portion of rent. It’s important that you find a responsible subletter, particularly if your name will remain on the lease while you’re away. To find one that’s the perfect fit, use these simple search tips:
Talk to Your Landlord
All landlords have different policies about subletting, so it’s best to talk to yours before you begin your search. Prior to meeting with your landlord, read your lease to determine your subletting rights. Once you have your landlord’s permission in writing, you can begin the process of searching for a subletter. If your landlord is particularly picky about who lives in his or her apartments, he or she may even have some leads on suitable tenants. Having a good relationship with your landlord definitely helps, so make an effort to be nice from the moment you move in.
Ask Family and Friends
If your landlord doesn’t have anyone in mind, it’s going to be up to you to find a subletter. A good place to start is by asking around. Talk to your family and friends about the planned move and see if they know of anyone looking for an apartment or roommates. Even if they “know someone who knows someone,” it’s a good place to start. If you have roommates, it’s always better to try and find a subletter that they already know and trust so they’ll continue to be comfortable with their living situation.
Post on Facebook
We live in an age of social media, and while there are certainly both pros and cons about people from all aspects of your life being able to contact you instantly, Facebook can be pretty darn helpful when looking for a subletter. All you need to do is post something on your wall describing your apartment, its location and your anticipated move-out date, and see if anyone comments with interest. You may even want to ask your friends to do the same so more people will see the posting.