All About Sublets
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Subletting your space is not a decision you can make by yourself. You should read your lease and check with your landlord to find out if you are allowed to sublet your space and if there are any restrictions or guidelines you must follow.
You’ll also want to talk with your roommates about this decision. They may have an opinion about potential summer roommates or may already have a roommate in mind. Perhaps they, too, would like to sublet their space for the summer months.
Rates and Responsibilities
In most cases, you will continue to be the primary leaseholder and will be responsible for the full rent and utilities if your subtenant does not pay.
If you ask your subtenant for a security deposit, it cannot exceed 1.5 month’s rent.
Be sure to fill out an inventory checklist and have your subtenant complete one as well. Decide in advance who will be responsible for any damages that may be discovered when your primary lease expires and include this in your sublease agreement.