To sublet or not to sublet...
December 30, 2012 10:29 AM Subscribe
SubletFilter: For personal reasons, I need to step away from my one-bedroom apartment in desirable NW Portland. I would really like to sublet the place, possibly with furniture, for around 6 months. How can I protect myself legally? What am I allowed to charge for rent?
posted by roygbv to law & government (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, my list of questions:
- My management has stated they are okay with me subletting the apartment. This is cool. The landlord suggested I get a contact signed between me and the sub-tenant. Landlord explained that the new tenant will have to be signed-in on the lease with me, but can't boot me off the lease without my consent. It sounds like the new tenant will be privy to seeing the amount I pay in rent each month... Landlord says the property management company doesn't need to know anything about the contract between me and the new tenant. Is this legal? Does a contract template for this arrangement exist? Any legal particulars for Oregon that I should be aware of?
- Can I charge my sub-tenant more than I pay in rent? I have a great rate from living in the unit for several years. The "market rate" has risen a good $200-300 over what I pay. Is this legal for me to do? Am I crazy? Again, this is an amazing apartment (top floor, front corner, big windows, wonderful neighbors) in an even more amazing neighborhood.
- Should I bother leaving it partially furnished? We're talking some mediocre-looking furniture, here. Lots of Ikea. I can, however, drop a new full-size mattress in. It will be a major inconvenience for me to figure out a new 'home' for the furniture I'd like to leave in the unit. I've already cleared the place of any valualbe possessions. My worry is that lower-end furniture will weaken, not strengthen, the sublet deal. The cast: one couch that needs cleanining, coffee table, old rug, kitchen table, big Ikea desk, Ikea bookshelves, end table, electric radiator, full-size bed, and two small misc tables.
- Clearly, I need to have the place cleaned. What's the best maid service for a deep-cleaning in Portland, OR? If I sublet with furniture, what's the best way for me to clean that couch out? It's a nice piece of furniture, but it needs some TLC, bad. Steam cleaning?
- Other misc: I plan to forward my mail, but keep my address. I can leave utilities in my name, should I do that? They include power and Comcast, everything else is included in the rent. I have a renters insurance policy. Do I cancel the policy, or is there some value for this kind of situation?
Finally, if this is crazy, tell me! I'd hate to lose this apartment, but if I'm getting set for a lot of trouble, I can deal with the sacrifice. I do plan to return after six months, and finding another place in the neiborhood sounds miserable. I'm sure I'm forgetting other important details. Guide me, Mefi! And thanks for the help!