In general, subletting your apartment is a great way to save the cost of rent when you leave for a period of time–for example, to go on vacation or study abroad. However, subletting your apartment without considering the legal implications or local requirements can lead to a legal nightmare. At the Law Offices of Salar Atrizadeh, an attorney with knowledge and expertise in real property litigation and transactions can review applicable real property law with you and ensure that subletting your apartment is in your best interest
What Should I Do Before Subleasing My Apartment?
First, it is important to make sure that the area you live in allows for subletting and short-term leases. In some cities, such as New York City, it is illegal to rent for shorter than 30 days. California allows for subleases, unless a rental agreement specifically prohibits subleasing. To avoid future legal conflicts, make sure to check with your landlord to ensure the lease agreement allows for subleases. Additionally, it helps to consult an attorney who can review the law that applies in your area so you are aware of your rights and responsibilities under a sublease agreement. Even after you sublet your apartment, you are still responsible to your landlord for the property. For instance, if a subtenant causes damage to the property the landlord can initiate a lawsuit against you to collect a judgment for the cost of the damages. Therefore, it is in your best interest to make sure that the subtenant is a reliable tenant. As such, it is a good idea to ask for a security deposit. This way, if a subtenant does damage the property you have the authority to keep the deposit to cover any maintenance or repairs.