celeritas_3e8 (celeritas_3e8) wrote in thequestionclub,

Subletting an apartment

So, I just moved into a new apartment with a one-year lease. I will be leaving the country for work purposes for ~7 months starting in May, and will be coming back at Christmas. Hence, I need to find someone to sublet the place while I'm away since I can't afford to pay for this place and the place where I'll be living while overseas. I'm kind of worried about bringing this up with the property manager since I *just* moved in and they are known to be quite strict about ~rules~ and such (although they can't legally prevent me from subletting), but I don't really have a choice.

Obviously, since I will still be legally responsible for anything that goes on while I'm away, I want to find the best possible person to sublet the place. I plan to meet applicants in person and ask for references and proof of income, and the property manager runs background checks on potential tenants. The building has a "mature" atmosphere (i.e. many retirees and some young professionals and older students in their mid-20s+; almost no younger people or families) so I will be looking for someone who fits that profile. I'm also going to have a look at my province's (Ontario) landlord/tenant laws to make sure everything is done by the book, but I'm still pretty anxious about the whole situation since it's for such a long period of time, I'll be too far away to be very involved once the new person moves in, and I've heard plenty of horror stories.

How would you screen potential subletters, TQC?

*edit for clarity*

I have been living in this complex for almost seven years, so I have a good relationship with the property manager. I had to move apartments because of changing relationship circumstances, so I didn't have a choice but to sign a new lease. The lease agreement states that they cannot legally prevent me from subletting without good reason. I just want to make sure I find a good tenant so I don't get screwed!

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