Sub-Letting

27 August 2014

To sublet is one of many ways to get a new apartment and the easiest one if you move to a new city. This article will help you get a sublet with some useful tips.

A sublet means that you rent someone else’s house temporarily for a limited period of time for a rent that you agree on in the secondary contract. You can rent condominiums, apartments and houses alternatively and it is of course perfectly legal.

Before you begin your search you should ask yourself what you would want to settle for, you should make it clear to yourself what kind of home you want. What region should it be in? What should be the maximum rent? How long will you stay? If you have answers to these questions, it is easier for you to find the right apartment. The “everything is of interest” kind of thinking does not necessarily make it easier for those who want to offer you something. Also, make sure you get references from previous accommodation if possible; it will make the landlord calmer. If this is your first moving you can always ask your parents, it’s better than nothing. Of course you should begin to hear what family, relatives and friends have to offer; if they have or know someone who has a flat in the region where you are looking. Post a request via your status on Facebook and ask your family to help you by doing the same. If you move to a new location to work, ask the employees if they have anything of interest.

There are a large number of web sites and services that mediate subleases that you can look at. However, you should not only look but also post wanted ads. Here it is important that you are specific with what you’re looking for. Writing “Looking for studio in Queensway” makes is easier for someone who is there to respond to your ad rather than “apartment in London.”

If you are looking for a place within a certain neighborhood or area, it might be worth putting up some signs in grocery shops or similar, then you may get the majority of the population who are not actually using the internet, pensioners for example. Be sure to make your ad unique. Another valuable tip is, when looking to sublet, that you will need to be very active. There are many people competing for the few houses out there and you will have a better chance to get one if you are the first one to call. Focus your energy on a given period instead of doing the job half-heartedly for a long time.

Once you have gotten a hold of a person who wants to rent you an apartment, you should try to make sure to see the apartment before you sign anything. This may seem obvious, but since the pressure is so big, you can easily become stressed and take an apartment without even looking at it.

The longer the contract, the more important it is to be critical. If you are only going to live in the apartment for a short while and are not really picky, there might be worth taking the place as fast as possible. But still, it is always good to at least have seen the place before deciding.

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