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SHARING A LEASE WITH A PARTNER

While you may have happily resided in your apartment or house for the vast majority of your original lease, unexpected circumstances arise. If you find yourself unable to personally complete the terms of your lease due to any such unanticipated circumstance -- be it an offer for a perfectly fit but distant job, a family crisis, or a change in plans regarding school -- you will need to, in some form, deal with the remainder of your lease agreement. Many renters in this scenario seek out an apartment hunter who can effectively finish out the time on the lease for them. If you are currently pondering whether to sublet the property you have rented, and wondering how to best go about doing so, you're in the company of many mobile renters countrywide.

It's best to approach your search for the appropriate subleaser with caution, not to mention a sense of self-protection. The process of subletting equates to sharing a lease and possibly sharing produce and groceries -- a legally binding document -- with another party; as such, this process should be undertaken with a delicate, and patient, touch. While the nature of the event that instigated your desire or need to leave early may not afford you the ample preparatory time you would prefer, it is important to start you search for a subleaser as early as you possibly can. Getting a jump start on your seeking and screening procedure can help ensure that you don't, feeling pressed for time, choose someone to fill this important station without thorough examination.

Involving Your Landlord

The absolute first step that must be taken is to verify your right to sublet the property. Guidelines on the topic were most likely spelled out in your rental agreement, but if you're in any way unclear on them, or simply don't recall the specifications, it's time to contact your landlord for clearance and/or elucidation of the details. You will probably find that your landlord is accommodating of the idea so long as you agree to look for a candidate who meets the standards the landlord held when he or she rented to you. If your approval as a renter hinged upon not only your record of residential responsibility but also your pledge to refrain from indoor tobacco use, pet ownership, and late-night noisy parties, you should make certain that the subleaser you choose is someone who similarly pledges to refrain.

Once you have established your right to sublet the property, you can begin casting your net. Important to note is the fact that, even if you've been clear on the matter of subletting/subleasing all along and therefore did not need to request your landlord's permission, you should still apprise him or her of your plans. This way, your landlord will not come round for routine maintenance to find a stranger manning your old apartment. Also, there may be additional details that need to be worked among you, your landlord, and the soon-to-be subleaser. Such details can include the security deposit and the legal subleaser contract.

When you clearly understand your landlord's expectations -- which preferably you will have from initial contact onward -- you can move forward confidently into the process of finding someone with whom you will share your lease. Your landlord will certainly appreciate that you are forthcoming with your intentions and your plans for how to responsibly solve the problem of a lease you are unable to complete. Upon selecting a final candidate, it's best to introduce him or her to the landlord and thank the landlord for any assistance before you begin sharing a lease with a partner.

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