There are a number of reasons you may want to sublet your apartment – if you’re going on an extended vacation or relocating before the end of your lease, you won’t want to pay rent unnecessarily or in two places at once. If you have found a responsible individual to rent your apartment or room within the apartment, it’s a good to know how to approach a subletting situation.
First, look over your current lease. It may include a clause disallowing subletting altogether. Read through the lease thoroughly to make sure you don’t miss anything. If this is not the case, contact your landlord or property manager to discuss the possibility of subletting your apartment.
The safest way to go about the subletting process is to create a binding legal document signed by all parties involved, including the landlord. You can customize a free one here, which can be tailored specifically to Florida laws. You may also want to go over a checklist with your landlord beforehand covering any damages caused by you and documenting the current condition of the apartment before the new sublease tenant moves in. That way you won’t be held accountable for the mess the new tenant might make. It’s also wise to remove all of your things while someone else inhabits the space or at least document the items and condition before you sublet, for insurance purposes.
Being able to sublet your apartment or even being on the other side and being able to rent a place temporarily can be a great situation for when you’re in between spots. I’ve done it before and it has bought me time to figure out my next living arrangements. Just make sure all your ducks are in a row and the process is documented and organized!