With spring on it’s way and the beginning of summer internships just a little bit away, subleasing is on many people’s minds. No one likes living in dorm housing over the summer when you’ve already spent the school year doing it, so many summer interns turn to subleasing apartments, homes, rooms, and townhouses to find summer housing. However, it can be a tricky world to navigate and you’ll want to have your wits about you. You don’t want to end up in a bad living situation for three months, shafted out of your hard-earned money, or bamboozled by a fake Craigslist ad. Here are five things to keep in mind when you’re subleasing.
Always ask for pictures and an address
Many listings will keep the address private for privacy reasons, which is totally understandable, but you should know the exact address you are committing to before you sign a contract, which we’ll get to later. If someone won’t give you an address or show you pictures of the home or room you’re renting, you need to run. You wouldn’t buy a car without seeing it, so why agree to live in a home where you haven’t seen? Many listings will tell you the neighborhood, and that’s a great start, but when you start talking privately about negotiations it is totally reasonable for you to ask for an exact address. This will let you figure out the logistics of getting to work, grocery stores, nearby transportation, etc. Pictures will allow you to make sure you’re not paying an arm and a leg for a literal closet or moving into a room with a bed and nothing else if you’re expecting some other furnishings.