Subletting Apartments in NYC
are common in New York City.
are two types of sublets. Legal sublets are arranged between
the landlord and the tenant. The tenant has to request
permission to have someone else lease the apartment for
a period of time.
limit on a sublease is two years, after which the tenant
may lose the right to return to the apartment. This is
particularly true in rent stabilized apartments where
the rent reduction is meant to apply to only a primary
residence. If someone moves out and attempts to keep the
apartment because of the attractive rent, the landlord
has the right to reclaim the apartment and raise the rent
when a new tenant moves in. Very often a landlord will
not agree to a sub-tenant moving in. That leads to the
second type of sublease common in New York.
sublet apartments in Manhattan are illegal sublets. The
person who has the lease just makes an arrangement with
a second renter without involving the landlord. (You may
be told by the person renting you the apartment that you
should tell anyone who asks that you are a friend or relative
of the original tenant.) Technically, if the landlord
finds out that you are subletting illegally you can be
in these cases, the person who holds the lease is charging
you more than they are paying in rent... often several
hundred dollars a month more. You can understand why landlords
are not happy to have these arrangements in their buildings.
The landlord pays all of the expenses of the apartment
and the primary tenant makes a profit on the apartment.
main reason why this is done is that many landlords will
not agree to subtenants. If you plan on being away for
an extended period of time - say at school out of state
or on a 6 month job assignment - you will need to continue
to pay the rent on your apartment while you are gone and
also pay expenses where you are staying.
Therefore, it makes sense to have someone stay in your
apartment to cover the rent until you return. If the landlord
is not agreeable, however, you have the option of giving
up your apartment -- a very hard thing to do in New York
City -- or subletting without the permission of the landlord.
Careful Out There
your apartment without the landlord's knowledge and consent
means that if you are reported, you will be evicted. Renting
from a tenant without the landlord's consent means that
you are also open to being evicted.
you want to make sure that you are not subletting an apartment
without the landlord's knowledge, make sure that you get
this cleared up and in writing...before you enter into
The following links will lead you to resources for sublets
in New York City. Midmanhattan.com does not have any affiliate
relationship with these groups. We include them because
we have heard good things about their service and the
apartments they provide:
List New York
in the City
York City Reference
Voice Classified Sublet
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Apartments -> Furnished
or Corporate Apartments
Apartments | Vacation