Rental Guide

Subletting

Subletting

Tenants with leases who live in buildings with four or more apartments have the right to sublet their apartments with the landlord’s advance consent. If the landlord consents to the sublet, the tenant remains liable to the landlord for the obligations of the lease, including all future rent.

If you plan to sublet to someone that you do not know, it is a good idea to do some vetting.  Ask for employment verification, as well as for official identification (passport, driver’s license, etc.).  Search their name on the internet and see what comes up. 

If you are looking to find a sublet, there are many ways to find an apartment to sublet in New York, but certainly the best way is to ask all your friends, post on Facebook, or get the message out in any way possible that you are looking to sublet an apartment. You never know who might know someone in New York that is leaving town for a few days, a few months, or longer.

If that fails, then there are plenty of websites to consider.

Another option is to find a realtor that specializes in short-term leases.

If you are subletting a Columbia apartment, refer to UAH for a Sublet Application.
Students: http://facilities.columbia.edu/housing/files_facilities/imce_shared/Student_Sublet_Application___3-20-15.pdf
Faculty, Staff and Post Docs: http://facilities.columbia.edu/housing/files_facilities/imce_shared/faculty_sublet_application_3_17_15_0.pdf

For information about subletting laws, check the New York City Rent Guidelines Board’s website. http://www.nycrgb.org/html/guide/basics.html#Sublet

If you are currently affiliated with Columbia University
and would like a referral to a real estate broker, or a list of managing agents and landlords, contact the Office of Work/Life, Housing Information and Referral Service, Alice Lesman at al2775@columbia.edu.