We’ve all been there. New job offer, moving in with your SO, you can’t stand your roommate, or you just want a shorter commute. There’s one problem though- you are stuck in a lease. If you are thinking of subletting your apartment for the remainder of your lease, here are a few questions you should ask your potential subletter before letting them move in (and before you regret subletting in the first place).
1. Are you a real person?
I’m not kidding, when we subletted our last apartment, my boyfriend asked the apartment owner whether she was real. Although he was partially joking (it was a great apartment for a low price, so you can never be so sure) it’s always a good idea to get to know your subletter, whether through social media or through some sort of background check.
2. How long do you plan on staying here?
Don’t get stuck without a subletter while you’re in another part of the city or another state. Make sure your subletter won’t bail on you (and leave you covering the rent on an empty room) by ensuring that they will be staying in your room for the remainder of the lease. But also, don’t get stuck with a squatter.
3. How are we going to handle rent payments?
No matter how badly you want to trust this person, you are still on the hook for paying rent. In order to make sure that rent gets paid on time, write a subletting contract and set up automatic payments. You can also take a security deposit in case any damage is done while subletting.
4. What type of roommate are you?
Are they a partier? Do they have a significant other who will be staying over 24/7? Do they wash their dishes? Are they a neat freak? Or worse, a slob? If you have roommates that this person will have to get along with, make sure that their habits align with your current roommates. People on the lease have the final say on who gets to live there, so don’t get stuck with someone your roommates hate.
5. Where do you work?
This question will answer two things. First, whether they will actually be able to foot their portion of the rent each month, and second, what their daily schedule is like. There is nothing worse than roommates with conflicting schedules or fighting over bathroom time in the morning. Avoid all that by asking about their career, and get to know them a bit more in the process.
Have a sublet available? Find your next subletter (and get the answers to all of these questions) on Let’s Sub (www.letssub.com).