The Summer Sublet Search
One of the most frequently asked questions we get this time of year is from students looking for help finding a sublettor for the summer months. Although it may seem like a difficult task, it is made much easier by following these steps:
- Make sure subletting is permitted in your lease. If it's not, check in with your landlord to avoid problems down the line.
- Next, post on the BC Off-Campus Housing website. This might seem like a "no-brainer," but many students don't know that they can also post listings for free on the website. To post a sublet listing, sign up and log in to your student account. Under the "My Account" tab there is an option for you to add a listing of your own!
When creating your listing be as detailed as possible. Put yourself in the shoes of someone looking for a sublet. Add pictures and information so that your potential sublettors feel like they know what they are getting into and are excited to live in your apartment. If you have any roommates that are staying behind, make sure you include information about them. If your roommates are study bugs, they won't be happy if you sublet to a party animal and vice versa.
- Network, network, network. Make sure your friends know that you are looking to sublet. The best sublettors are typically people with whom you already a relationship. This way they trust that you are putting them in a good situation and you can trust that they won't destroy your apartment and lose your security deposit.
- Negotiate. If you start your search for a sublet early enough, you'll probably be able to get the full amount you are paying in rent covered by your sublettor. However the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will have to negotiate with your sublettor. This is not ideal, however it is better to take a hit and lose $200 a month than pay the full rent.
- Once you find a sublet and they are approved by the landlord or other roommates, make sure to get the agreement in writing. We have a sample sublet agreement on our resources page.
Finding a sublettor doesn't have to be a painful process. The best bet is to start early and keep in mind that you might have to negotiate on rent!