Subletting in Cambridge and DC
February 20, 2014 10:07 PM Subscribe
I will be subleasing my room in Cambridge (MA) and subletting in DC this summer. I know next to nothing about subleasing/subletting in either place and have many questions, including how to price my somewhat strangely set-up room.
posted by andrewesque to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
So I've just accepted an internship offer (yay!) in DC for this summer. However, now I'm faced with the logistic challenge of finding a place to live and to sublet my place in Cambridge. I've never sublet or subleased a place before so would love some guidance in the process, especially keeping in mind my specific geographies.
Dates: June 1 through August 15 (more or less)
Me: mid-20s male grad student
Cambridge place: Central Square
DC place: looking for a place off Red Line
General questions that apply to both Cambridge (subleasing) and DC (subletting):
- Is it normal to expect full upfront payment before the sublet begins in either place? Is a safety deposit normal?
- What do people normally do about utilities?
- When should I start listing my Cambridge place? When should I start looking for a DC place? Craigslist for both places?
- What are good questions to ask as both a sublessor and subletter?
- Do you bargain the price or is it assumed to be fixed?
- Should I post in the "housing wanted" sections on Craigslist (and look in those sections for subletters)?
- Anything else I should know?
I'm worried about being able to sublet my room and also don't know how to price it. The location is good: 8 min walk to Central Square, 15 min walk to MIT, close to grocery, bars, stores, etc. and it's a large room (plenty of space for queen bed, desk, wardrobe) in a 3 bed 1 bath in a small building. However, we have a weird setup where to get from my room to the rest of the apartment you technically have to cut through the hallway (but the door to my room is literally right next to the door to the rest of the apartment. As in, I open my bedroom door into the hall and immediately to my right is the door to the rest of the apartment.)
I am currently paying about $830 for this room but I'm worried that this bizarro setup will put people off. Should I mention this in the ad upfront? Do I need to charge way below market to account for this?
I will be working in Rockville super close to the Metro but want to live in DC proper, so to minimize my commute I want to be off the Red Line. Given that I would like to be in a walkable, fun area (think your typical twentysomething yuppie) it seems like the most likely neighborhoods to check out would be either the Woodley/Dupont areas or close to Union Station.
What should my budget be? Is staying under $1300/mo at all possible? Ideally I'd be looking for a bedroom and the ability to use a kitchen. Laundry in-building would be nice, but I can put up with a laundromat for a summer. I'm also curious how prevalent AC is and how much of a premium I would expect to pay for that.
Thank you in advance for all of your help!