Beyond the Diag - Off Campus Housing

Finding someone to sublet your house or apartment can be stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be if you follow the correct procedures and use various online resources. Here are some helpful tips to help ease the process:

  • Review your lease and confirm with your owner/landlord that you are allowed to sublet. Then make sure you correctly follow your landlord’s subleasing policies. Many landlords require subtenants to undergo the same approval process as normal tenants. 
  • Ask your property manager if they have resources to assist with finding a subtenant.
  • Check that your subtenant has a copy of the lease, as they are responsible for upholding it as well.
  • Use the sublease agreement and inventory checklist provided on the Off-Campus Housing website to help make the process smoother. This will ensure everything is in writing and clarify when subtenants are living in the space, who is responsible for potential damages upon move out, and more.
  • Interview potential tenants and clearly review terms of the sublease agreement. 

Subletting properly is important. Make sure to check out the university’s Off-Campus Housing website to list and search for living spaces based on price, number of rooms, and more! No matter what resources you use to sublet your space, follow the landlord’s subletting policies and make sure you feel comfortable with who you are subletting to or from.

Is it a scam?

Beware of individuals sending you an overpayment for deposit/rent and asking you to send the overpayment back to them. This is a scam as their check to you will not clear the bank.

Beware of sublet tenants asking to pay rent after they move in. This is a scam. Always obtain payment before they move in and keep their deposit in an escrow account. Be sure to utilize the sublet agreement, as previously mentioned.

Phantom Rentals: Other rip-off artists make up listings for places that aren’t for rent or don’t exist, and try to lure you in with the promise of low rent, or great amenities. Their goal is to get your money before you find out.

They tell you to wire money. This is the surest sign of a scam. There’s never a good reason to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee, first month’s rent, or vacation rental fee. That’s true even if they send you a contract first. Wiring money is the same as sending cash — once you send it, you have no way to get it back.

More information about scams and reporting scams can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website

View the 5 Best Spring & Summer Sublet Tips article for more information.