Asked on Jul 31, 2012

Advice before subletting?

Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comKMS Woodworks


I'm going away and subletting my apartment to a friend of a friend. I don't know her too well, but since she's my friend/neighbor's friend, and I met her a few times I trust that she's normal/reliable. Is it customary to make sub-letters who you know sign some sort of contract if they're paying you up front and it's for a very short period of time (1.5 weeks)?
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  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Considering the short time frame and "pay up front" I don't see much trouble. Where typical issues come up is with longer term stuff where missing rent can be the major issue. A walk through before and after for potential "damage" issues (your security deposit) would be something to consider above and beyond the pay up front part.

  • Be very careful Lulu, Subletting an be difficult at best and may also not be allowed by your current agreement. This can get you kicked out fast. I would seek the advice of an attorney to draw up the agreement and to check to see if you can even sublet the apartment. What happens if something breaks. Your current insurance will not cover it assuming you are insured. Unless your insurance has a sublet policy clause. Personally for only a week or two, its simply not worth it. Unless it is your own family who has your interests on their mind. I would not do it. Regardless if you know this person for one day or 10 years.

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