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LOCATING SIX MONTH LEASES

There are many situations in which the more common lease lengths, those lasting one and two years, will not work out with a leaser's needs. This is commonly the case among college students who will only live in a given city throughout the length of a semester, along with those who move to a certain area for a work assignment that will only last a certain length of time. For many such renters, a far better arrangement would be one in which they can agree to rent for six months instead of committing to a year or longer.

There are some landlords and property management teams that routinely offer six month leases, but they may be harder to locate than those extending one and two year leases. If you are a college student moving to a "college town," you may have an easier time locating six month leases than some others simply because landlords in the area most likely understand the needs of tenants. Even if a six month lease is not offered to you in your first meeting with a landlord, you should not hesitate to bring up the matter, just as you would ask about safety and apartment break ins. It never hurts to request such an arrangement. If the answer is a firm no, you will probably find your time better invested in investigating other properties.

Negotiating a Six Month Lease

If your primary efforts toward finding an apartment have left you looking only at leases that last one year or longer, you may need to consider negotiating a lease to your liking. Know up front that this will not be welcome with all landlords. When you are renting an apartment or townhome that is part of a rental community and managed by a property management team rather than an individual, you may find that stipulations of the lease are somewhat more set in stone. Even when this is the case, asking in respectful manner will never hurt, and it could result in getting an apartment you truly like under an appropriate lease time.

When you ask a landlord or manager about the possibility of obtaining a six month lease, state openly and clearly your reason for this. If you know you will have obligations in another area after half a year has passed, simply explain your situation. Whether the landlord is willing to work with you will probably depend on several factors, one of which is simply his or her demeanor. Some landlords are more amenable to such negotiations than others. Another variant may be how important it is to a given landlord to rent out a certain property. If there are relatively few people seeking out apartments at the time you make your request, you may stand a better chance that you would if the landlord was leaving your appointment to immediately meet with several other prospective tenants.

Asking About Subleasers

If your research measures have resulted in few viable alternatives and you have not been able to negotiate the six month lease that you wanted, consider asking a potential landlord about subleasing policies. Such information is typically spelled out in a lease arrangement. However, you can certainly ask about it in advance of seeing the lease itself. When a landlord allows for subleasing, this will grant you the option of finding someone to take over a lease in the instance that you have to leave early. Locating six month leases can be difficult depending on the area you are in and the current level of renters seeking apartments, but finding one is typically not impossible. Research all options as thoroughly as possible before signing any commitments.

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