When you're living in a rented apartment unit, there may come a time that you want to vacate the unit — but perhaps not for an extended amount of time. Instead of giving up the unit and then trying to rent an apartment again in the future, or letting your unit sit empty while you pay the rent, subletting is a viable option to pursue. In this scenario, you'll find a tenant who will live in your apartment, often with your furnishings still in place, and then vacate the unit when you need it back. Provided that your landlord permits subletting, it can make a lot of sense for renters in a variety of scenarios. Here are three scenarios in which subletting can be the right move.
If you're taking a trip for a week or even a month, you might be fine with the idea of leaving your apartment empty. However, if you plan to travel for an extended amount of time, subletting may be your best choice. Some people enjoy open-ended travel. In other words, they buy a one-way ticket to a certain location, and either relax, work, or move around for weeks or even months at a time. If you're interested in indefinite travel of this nature, you may still want to have a place to live lined up for when you return, which makes it a good idea to consider subletting.
Some people who get into new relationships are eager to move in with their significant other. However, if the relationship doesn't work out, you'll need to find a new place to live if you gave up your apartment. This can especially be a bitter pill to swallow if you loved the apartment or suitable vacancies in your area are in short supply. If you're thinking about moving in with your significant other, you might wish to sublet your apartment as a backup plan. After a few months of things going well, you may feel comfortable ending the lease on your unit.
College Summer Break
If you're attending college in a city far away from where you live, you may rent an apartment. When you go home for the summer break, you might think about giving up the apartment. However, a better choice may be to sublet it. This not only saves you the hassle of looking for another apartment when you return to college in the fall, but also allows you to not have to move furniture and large possessions home for the short summer break.