A Guide to Sublet Etiquette

Dated: 03/05/2013

Views: 7483

Subletting is a great solution for college students, temporary dwellers and those who don’t want to sign a yearlong lease. Here are some simple codes to follow that ensure the best relationship possible between the renter and the original tenant. Nurturing a healthy relationship can give you a good reference for the future, should you look to sublet again.

Respect the spacesweet home sign

While you may want to personalize and decorate the apartment, remember that you will only be staying temporarily. Decorate with that in mind; use easily removable accessories such as wall decals and plants, rather than nailing in artwork or investing in heavy, cumbersome furniture. You’ll have all the time in the future to decorate a permanent home, but now is not that time.

If the original tenant is leaving furniture and you need space, try to negotiate using a self-storage unit. The two of you could share the cost if you both decide to use it.

Designate a monthly check-in

This is pretty easy to do: Every month, check in with the original tenant and give a brief update on the apartment. Whether it’s by phone, text, email or even Facebook, any assurances from your end will let the original tenant know that you’re responsible, respectful and that the apartment is still in good shape.

Keep them in the loop

Let the original tenant know everything that happens apartment-related — it’s still their home, after all. Did you have to call maintenance to fix issues with the toilet? Did you have a fight with the management company over the electricity bill? Is there an increase of crickets in the apartment? Don’t let the original tenant return to their apartment unaware of everything that happened while you were there.

Keep all records

This is just a good practice in any situation: Get in the habit of keeping any documents that could prove or backup your situation, should the need ever arise. In the specific case of subletting, keep copies of any documents and communications with anyone who also deals with the apartment.

Work together

Think of the two of you as a team — you’re essentially roommates, after all. Both of you want the apartment to be the best place to live, and both of you are equally responsible for what happens there. Work with the original tenant, and you’ll find that you can help each other make the subletting process as enjoyable as possible.

 

AUTHOR:

http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-02-28/a-guide-to-sublet-etiquette/

Blog author image

The Louis Williams Real Estate Group .

My goal is to design, create, and deliver unique & exceptional marketing tactics to support expansion and growth of The Williams Team. Given my knowledge and experience with Marketing, I have brought ....

Want to Advertise on this Site?

Latest Blog Posts

Coming Soon Arabella

Location, location! Great townhome near Audubon Park, within walking distance of Magazine Street with local shops & eateries, the streetcar, & a neighborhood grocer. The 1st floor features oversized

Read More

Jun 8 2018 2394 1

72485 Howse St, Covington, LA4 bed 2 bath | 2255 sf | $300,000 Charming southern Acadian cottage ; sweeping front porch; family room w/brick fireplace, vaulted ceiling w/beam; nice kitchen w

Read More

85141 Hwy 437 Covington LA

85141 Hwy 437, Covington, LA2 bed 2 bath | 1409 sf | $200,000 Adorable cottage on a beautiful country acre! Spacious living room with tray ceiling, wood floors, lots of natural light; clean &

Read More

NEW LISTING 317 Stonehaven Dr Mandeville LA

Stunning traditional home in Lochmere Estates – on quiet cul-de-sac - PERFECT LOCATION! Formal dining room w/wood floors; Huge family room w/2-story ceilings, wall of windows, fireplace, built;

Read More