Subletting an Apartment in Boston – Sublet Your Apartment

There are many reasons for subletting an apartment. You might have graduated and need to seek a job closer to your original home, or you have received a fantastic job offer far away and you need to accept immediately. Maybe you have had a break-up or a marriage. Maybe you need more space or less. Perhaps, like many of us, you just need a change of scene. Whatever the circumstances, Boston Pads will help you sublet your apartment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people will need to sublet quickly. This page will provide step-by-step instructions to make this process efficient and fast.

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We take the stress out of subletting an apartment by working with you throughout the entire process. Using our vast network and superior matching technology, we tirelessly search until we find the right subletting candidates to fit your specific needs. The professional and licensed real estate agents found here will help you with the paperwork, they can work with your landlord, and they will make sure your sublet goes smoothly.

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Guide to Subletting an Apartment

Common Questions About Subletting an Apartment

What does it mean to sublet an apartment?

Subletting an apartment, also called subleasing, is renting your apartment to someone who is not on your lease that will substitute your spot on the lease contract. The subtenant, or sublessee, will have to go through the normal application and approval process. While the sublessee must sign a sublease, your signature is still on the original lease. That means ultimately the apartment is still your responsibility.

How do you sublet an apartment?

As always, start by checking your original lease agreement to confirm that it allows subletting your apartment. Contact your landlord and let them know you would like to sublet. Then you must find a suitable subtenant, and that candidate must be approved. All parties involved, you as the tenant, the property owner and the subtenant, should sign the sublease contract. Boston Pads makes this process smooth and efficient. We can help you navigate the paperwork and take the stress out of finding a subtenant.

What is the fastest way to sublet an apartment?

Subletting an apartment is quick and easy with Boston Pads. We have the largest database and dedicated, experienced agents to help you sublet your apartment fast.

How do you find someone to sublet your apartment?

Social media can be useful for finding a subtenant. However, it will be time consuming and labor intensive to sift through all of the inquiries. Boston Pads' technology and knowledgeable staff and can find the perfect sublease candidate for you.

Where can I post my apartment for sublet?

Right here on Boston Pads! Simply fill out the form on this page. The internet has hundreds of places to list your sublet. The problem with having so many places to post all your information creates a time consuming and organizational nightmare. We know how to syndicate, market and pull together the correct pieces to the puzzle to show you faster results with far less stress. Our blueprint of helping renters and subletters has been developed over tens of thousands of successful groupings and lease fulfillments. We are the market leader in providing the highest level of support and most successful subletting experiences through the expertise found on Boston Pads.

Subletting an Apartment with the Help of Boston Pads

What is Subletting?

Sublet Lease AgreementSubletting is renting your apartment to someone who is not on your lease and will substitute your spot on the lease contract. As always, start by checking your original lease agreement to confirm that it allows subletting your apartment. Usually for any subtenant, the landlord has final approval. Subtenants will go through a normal process of applying, just as you did when you applied for the apartment.

The subtenant will sign a substitution agreement or sublease. This agreement will be for a fixed period of time. All parties involved, you as the tenant, the landlord and the subtenant, should sign the sublease contract. This agreement is usually drafted by the property owner, management company or real estate company involved. The lease and the sublease are both legal documents and should be followed as such. Ultimately, this apartment is still your responsibility. A good rule to remember is, “If it is not in writing, it does not exist”. If you need help with subletting your apartment or have questions regarding the process, Boston Pads has trained staff to assist.

Requirements for a Sublease Contract When Subletting an Apartment

There are some things that you should make sure are included in the sublease/substitution agreement, such as:

  • Names of all parties involved in the rental; your name as original lease holder, the subtenants name, and the name of the property owner
  • Address of the apartment including the apartment number
  • Beginning and ending dates of the sublease
  • Rent stipulations; payment dates, amount, method of payment, name of person receiving the rent (tenant or landlord)
  • Utilities; state whether or not utilities are included in the rent
  • Occupancy limits; who will be staying in the apartment and who is allowed to live in the apartment
  • Rules covering the security deposit; amount held, account information and refund terms

A copy of the original lease should also be attached to the sublease agreement. That way, your subtenant will know the exact terms of occupancy and other rules and regulations of the lease. In addition, even if you trust your subtenant, stay in touch with him or her and if possible, your landlord. Being proactive to address any possible issues that could lead to larger problems later.

Finding the Right Subtenant

You might already know people who want to sublet your apartment. Some of them might even be friends of yours. As difficult as it might be, you have to put friendship aside; subletting an apartment is a business deal. Make sure you show the potential subtenant the whole apartment. He/she needs to know what they are getting so they don’t have complaints later. These are some questions to ask your potential subtenant:

  • Do you have enough income to cover the rent?
  • How many people will be living in the apartment?
  • Are you willing to sign a sublease contract?
  • Are you willing to adhere to the terms of the contract?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Do you have a problem with my doing a background check?

Social media is useful for finding a subtenant. However, it will be time consuming and labor intensive to sift through all of the inquiries. Boston Pads’ staff and technology can find the perfect sublease candidate for you. Boston Pads’ knowledge and professionalism will make the subletting process faster and more efficient.

Additional Subletting Suggestions

  • Take pictures of your entire apartment so there are no questions if something is damaged in your absence.
  • Check your insurance policy. If you leave furniture, fixtures, plates, utensils, etc. for your subtenant to use in your absence, will damage to them be covered?
  • Have a backup plan in case the subtenant leaves before the lease expires. Save up some money just in case you have to be responsible for the rent.

Make sure to call a professional at Boston Pads to help. You will be benefit by working with highly experienced agents that will not overlook many important details. The real estate agents that work through the Bostonpads.com network have countless years of experience helping bring all parties together to create a successful new tenancy. They will deliver results for you. Let us help find the best subtenant for you so you can live worry free. Let’s get started!

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