Finding someone to sublease or take over the remainder of your lease isn’t always easy. And paying a lease break fee is expensive. This article provides a few good places to start!
The first place you should list your property for a lease takeover or sublease is on TheBindel.com for several reasons. First, listing your property on The Bindel is completely free. Second, The Bindel’s customer support team is extremely knowledgeable in subleasing and lease takeovers– it’s almost all they do, so if you have ANY questions whatsoever, they will have answers. Third, your listing will automatically appear on over 70+ listing websites including apartments.com, forrent.com, realtor.com, zillow.com, trulia.com, hotpads.com, and the list goes on! Fourth, you never have to worry about missing a monthly rent payment with The Bindel’s Rent Guarantee. Finally, The Bindel was designed to make finding someone to sublet or takeover your lease safe and easy. And, they’re really good at their job.
Craigslist has a classifieds section for Sublets and Temporary Housing, which can be good for finding someone to takeover your lease or sublet your property. It is also completely free to list. A word of caution– beware of scammers trying to take advantage of unsuspecting users. Make sure you exercise extra caution when using Craigslist. If you’re meeting someone to show your property, make sure you are not alone and have proper identification. Also, keep in mind there is no protection in the event something goes wrong. Be safe and make sure you are doing your due-diligence vetting candidates before allowing them to view or rent your apartment.
#ProTip: Make sure you are re-posting your property everyday on Craigslist’s Sublets and Temporary Housing Section for the best results. Craigslist doesn’t use advanced search filters like The Bindel or AirBnB so your listing will quickly disappear from the first page of the search results if you aren’t diligent.
AirBnB is a great place to list your property if you are looking to find someone to rent your place for a few nights up to one week while you’re on vacation. For example, if you’re leaving town and going on a short vacation AirBnB is perfect. Listing on AirBnB is also free, which is great! The platform is super easy to use for nightly rentals, but if you’re looking for someone to takeover your lease or sublease for a longer period of time, it gets tricky. Especially given most apartment complexes require background and credit checks for the new tenant, which you can’t do on AirBnB, but you can do on The Bindel! Overall, we recommend AirBnB for short-stays (1 night – 2 weeks), but highly recommend The Bindel for stays 1-month and longer.