If you read carefully through your lease agreement, you may find a section that talks about subletting your rental unit. If this section states that subletting is not allowed, you may want to come up with a plan to try to convince your landlord to let you do this. Subletting involves renting out the space to someone else for the remainder of the lease, but this is not something all landlords approve of. Here are two tips that could help you get your landlord to approve this for you.
Be up front with your landlord
If you have six months left on your lease and have to move out for some type of emergency situation, you should be up front with your landlord and explain your situation to him or her. Being honest with your landlord is the best option you have in a situation like this. Many landlords would understand why you are asking to sublet if you have a good reason, such as:
- You lost your job
- You were offered a much better job
- A close family member is very ill and you want to move in with him or her to provide care
When you explain this to your landlord, you should also have someone lined up that wants to rent your apartment for the remainder of the lease. You can tell the landlord that you found a person willing to rent the space for the rest of the lease period, and this might be enough to convince your landlord to allow it.
Offer to pay the rest of the money upfront
The other strategy you could use is offering to pay your landlord the rest of the money you owe for the remaining time period of the lease. If you have six months left and the rent is $600 per month, you would have to be able to come up with $3,600 to pay. If your landlord agrees, you would have to make sure you choose a tenant that will pay you each month. If you don't, you could end up losing the money you paid the landlord.
In some cases, property management firms may allow subletting, but you should always check your lease to find out. If you are interested in learning more about subletting your unit, or if you want to find a unit that you could sublet from the current tenant, contact a property management firm, like Taylor Realty.