The most effective thing to do when you need to sublease your apartment is to remember what it was like when you were searching for an apartment. Remember the mild panic and stress sweats? Yea, not cute. Make the process and discovery of your room or apartment easy and accessible for those on the hunt.
Here are five steps to successful subleasing in NYC.
Permission. There are very few restrictions on subleasing in New York. Obviously, you should discuss the decision with your landlord. Most should
be fine with this, in fact they better have a good reason not to or you can fight them on it (legally, no landlords are to be harmed during a sublease). The only rules are that the sublease must be at least thirty days but no more than two years in a four year time period.
Create your contract. A sublease is a legally binding contract just like your lease. Ask your landlord for this contract or any other proceedings they require. Otherwise you can use a sublease agreement template. Here you will need to enter exact dates and prices. Remember-binding contract.
Use a platform. It’s time to spread the word, obviously the web is the way to go. To be even more accessible post your listing on a site that has gone mobile. Apartment listing apps are fire. Roomi app is easy to use. Once your account is created, list your apartment or room giving a full description. Take quality pictures of your place in its current condition- clean it first. All your conversations and connections can be made through the app. No need to give out personal information for every inquiry-simply chat right on the app. With thousands of NYC users, your place is sure to be spotted on Roomi.
Select a subleaser. Choosing the right subletter is as difficult as choosing a roommate and far more important. You are now playing landlord. Have an interview, ask for proof of employment, and request references. Be available, respond to inquiries and offer as many tours as you can muster. You need subletters more than they need you, so make it happen.
Close the deal. Get everything signed in person and collect copies of ID’s and other documents provided by the subletter. Act as a landlord, not to nag about rent, but check in on the tenant, offer solutions to the funny toilet knob, and keep in touch.