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One always hopes to find a lease agreement that will perfectly suit personal plans, both short-term and long-term. When you conducted your initial search for fitting rental property, you most likely had a time frame of residence in mind and attempted to work out a lease whose terms matched that time frame. Whether by virtue of not negotiating the proper lease length for you or by needing to move more quickly than expected due to unforeseen circumstances, you have now found yourself needing to leave, and soon, but still having time left on your original agreement.

Subletting your apartment, or perhaps your room within an apartment, has become a fairly standard practice in many areas, particularly in college towns where ephemeral residential arrangements are the rule rather than the exception. If you live in an area or under a set circumstance where subletting is anticipated to some degree, you may already be quite familiar with your landlord's policy on this practice.

When you had your initial interview with you landlord, he or she probably both stated and put into writing a specific protocol for subletting and subleasing as well as rent payment policies; whether or not you remember this information in the present probably corresponds to whether or not you deemed it relevant information at the time. Even if you remember everything said concerning subletting and feel prepared to get underway with it, you will still need to speak with your landlord, preferably as soon as you know that you will need to leave.

Practical Considerations of Subletting

If you are not aware of your landlord's policy on this, or if the stated policy on it is dissuasive without altogether prohibiting the practice, you will need to speak with your landlord in order obtain permission to sublet. While it is never wise to promise your rental property or space therein to another person without first checking with your landlord, you may find it helpful to explain to your landlord (if such is true, naturally) that you already have someone interested in the space. If the standard attitude toward subletting is hesitant, this can be a persuasive argument in your favor.

Because your apartment or other rental property lease is a legal agreement, all actions than concern it need to be undertaken with the certain knowledge that what you are doing is permissible. From that point, you should remember that the person you choose will need to sign a legal subleaser's agreement of some sort; your landlord will most likely be able to help out with obtaining this and explaining any parts of it that are confusing to you. You may also want to consult a lawyer to ascertain that everything is properly filled out and that you understand all implications of the agreement.

Assistance with Finding a Subleaser

While you want to convey to your landlord that you accept full responsibility for locating a subleaser yourself, you may also want to consult his or her advice when it comes to desired characteristics in a renter. Asking this upfront and showing your attentiveness when your landlord speaks will instill confidence in your landlord that you are taking the search for a proper tenant seriously. If the property is a nonsmoking one, you will need to find a subleaser who understands and agrees to abide by this. The same goes for all other provisions of the property: noise level, parking arrangements, etc. Asking your landlord about choosing a subleaser as soon as you know you will need to seek one can be a helpful, reassuring step in the process.

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