How do I?: Find a subleaser

Monday, April 25, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Summer break is quickly approaching for college students. Many people plan to go home or get a job outside Columbia for the summer. For those students paying rent for off-campus housing, subleasing — that is, getting another person to live in your space and pay your rent while you are away — is an attractive, money-saving option.

But in Columbia, which has a high population of college students, many of whom are also leaving town, finding someone to take over your place might seem challenging.

Here are some things to think about as you begin your quest for a renter.

  1. Make sure you talk to your rental agency before you do anything. Some places, such as Timber Creek Townhomes, do not allow subleasing because of the hassle.
  2. Ask your renters if they can help you find subleasers. Jen Wilson, a leasing agent for Grindstone Canyon apartments, said they have a list of interested subleasers to help their renters find someone.
  3. Get the word out. “Talking to people you know often exposes connections to people looking for a place,” Wilson said.
  4. Make fliers and post them around college campuses and downtown. Fliers that include important information and clear contact numbers are most effective.
  5. When contacting your rental agency, also make sure to find out who is responsible if damages happen while you are away. Some places hold the subleaser accountable, but others put that burden on the original leaser.
This might affect who you decide to allow to live in your space.

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