Subletting from someone means you are the person ‘borrowing’ an apartment with a short term commitment. While you are not actually on the lease for the apartment, the person whose name is on the lease is trusting you with their name and downpayment to treat their space with the same respect you would your own (hopefully).
When subletting from someone, you should really be treating their space with even more respect than you would your own. Here are the top 3 most important things to do when subletting from someone.
1. Never leave their apartment messy, regardless of if you’re alone or not.
This means laundry, dishes, trash, etc. There would be nothing worse than coming back to your apartment after subletting to someone and finding bugs, or rodents because the person wasn’t clean. Be a decent person and clean up after yourself. If you’re just not a cleaner yourself, pay for a cleaning service before you leave. There’s a solution, you just have to put in some effort.
I once heard a nightmare story from a friend who let a distant friend / someone she vaguely knew of sublet from her for the summer. Upon coming back she discovered bugs and rodents, which had never been a problem for her before. Don’t be that person!
So, you might think I mean clean up after yourself after I’m done, which is true. You should definitely leave the place in the same condition, if not better, than how you found it when you came. However, I also mean that you need to manage upkeep of the apartment as well. This may sound like a chore, but honestly it’ll make it so much easier to clean the place before you leave.
2. Money is not a game.
When you sublet from someone, you should discuss and agree upon a price before you start your sublet. After this price is agreed upon, don’t try to nickel and dime the person you are subletting from. You agreed to pay the agreed upon price, so stick to that. The person subletting to you is trusting you; don’t let them down or make their life harder.
Another thing to note, is make sure you are paying the person you are subletting from on time. They are responsible for their rent and if you constantly send the money late, they might be in a tough spot. Make sure you’re timely.
3. Communicate with them.
When in doubt, communication is always the right answer. If you are unsure on something, definitely reach out. The person you are subletting from, I’m sure, would much rather have you ask a question than just decide on your own when it comes to their stuff.
This is totally up to you, but it might be nice to send them a picture of the apartment once in a while and thank them for letting you stay there and showing them that everything is fine. This should hopefully make them feel more relieved that you aren’t going to destroy their home.
Subletting can be extremely nerve wracking for the person who is renting out their place. Do your best to make the process as easy for them as possible!