How To Sublet Your New York Home

subletNewYork3Relocating to New York can be exciting, and strenuous all at the same time, especially if you are moving there to pursue your career or attend a great school.

Moving is a chore for anyone–sublets make it easier for those looking to jump into a New York City lifestyle than going out and finding a lease with a standard one to two year term.

People who are just sticking their toes in the water may want to test out many different areas of New York, before settling down for good.

If you were already planning on leaving for business, or just getting out of the city for a few months, subleasing your home may be a great way to keep up with your housework, as well as keeping your bills at a minimum–who wants to pay rent twice, anyway?

Finding a temporary apartment is appealing to those who are just starting out in New York, it can be a lot to take in all at once. With all the craziness of planning, packing, and traveling, sublet New York-style looks like a pretty darn good option!

You save money (and possibly make some) and someone is a happy, temporary resident in your home. Here are some great tips for subletting your apartment or condo:

Get Permission First

If you do not own your home, you will need the landlords consent first and foremost. Subletting your New York home without permission can be grounds for an eviction–whether you are the tenant who holds the lease, or just the sub-tenant.

New York City Real-Property-Law and rent regulations stabilizers allow tenants who reside in a building which has a minimum of four apartments are entitled to ask permission to sublet their unit–even if your rent is stabilized, your landlord may not be allowed to unreasonably withhold consent to do so.

To Legally Sublet in New York You Must:

The tenant must send a written request via certified mail (return receipt requested) at least 30 days before the sublease is to take place with the following info:

*Name, home/business address of the sub-tenant*Length of sub-lease*Reason you are subletting your home*Tenant’s address (during subletting, where will you be?)*Written consent of guarantor, or any co-tenant*A copy of the sub-lease, with a copy of your own lease (if available)

After you mail the required information, the landlord may then ask you for some additional information–which is not to be unduly treated. Your landlord is required by law to respond–in writing–within 30 days.

If you are then denied consent, your landlord must be able to state a reason for denying you. If your landlord still refuses within 30 days, it is taken as a consent to sublet your home.

It is best to let a real estate agent help you if you decide this is something you want to do. They are trained to work with landlords–even in the stickiest of situations, and can usually get better results than a tenant.

In 2011, a new law was passed which denied tenants the right to sublet their homes for a period of less than 30 days–with that said, it is also illegal to New York sublet your home for more than two years.

With so many rules and regulations being implied, it can be a daunting task to get everything in order, submit information within the time period given, and get good results at the end.


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