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How to Find Sublets: 10 Websites to Find a Summer Apartment

October 10, 2022
Knowing how to find sublets can be tricky for those without experience. Continue for an overview of the best websites to use for finding sublease apartments near you.

If you've got a summer internship, a temporary work assignment, or you’re trying out a city you’re contemplating moving to, sometimes finding a sublet or short-term rental is your best option. It saves you the hassle of signing and breaking a long-term lease or convincing potential roommates to crash on their couch.

However, learning how to find sublets isn't the most easy task. So, here is a quick guide on where and how to find subleases near you through reliable apartment websites.

1. Sublet.com

Utilizing Sublet.com’s background reports and real estate contracts, owners and leaseholders with rentals available for rent post their rental listings with detailed descriptions and photographs to ultimately sublease apartments.

If you’re looking for sublets for rent, you can utilize the proprietary search engine to explore the Sublet.com database of available sublet rentals. Additionally, prospective renters can store their rentals on their personal page on Sublet.com and contact owners and leaseholders directly through the site.

2. Airbnb

Vacation rentals as short-term leases may be your best bet for finding summer accommodations. These properties are designated for short-term leases. Therefore, the landlord will not be surprised when you tell them you plan to stay for only a few months.

Airbnb has become a prominent name in vacation rentals. Not only does Airbnb help you find your next home away from home for your next spring break, but it also has a catalog of sublet apartments. So, if you’re looking for a summer sublet, don’t overlook Airbnb as a sublease website.

3. VRBO

Tried and tested, VRBO, which stands for Vacation Rental By Owner, has been around since 1996. The site has over 2 million homes and apartments listed, so you’ll be sure to find something available.

Like Airbnb, VRBO is not always immediately thought of amongst subletting websites. Still, if you want to find a sublet, VRBO may be one of the best sublet websites out there.

4. LeaseBreak.com

LeaseBreak.com is a website connecting renters with short-term sublets. It's easy and free to find a short-term rental, room for rent, or college sublet on LeaseBreak.com.

Start by conducting your search as you would any other real estate website. Once you find a property that interests you, register and verify your account. Then, press “contact me” and send the "lister" an email. Using these types of sublease websites, you’ll be well on your way to finding summer sublets readily available throughout New York City.

5. Flip.Lease

Lease flipping involves securing short-term or summer leases and helping tenants sublet their apartments. This relatively new concept requires tenants to entrust someone to find a subletter and handle the listing, marketing, and rental application screening.

A quick Google search can help you find a flip lease for your summer apartment.

6. Timeshare-Resale-Rental.com

Can't find a sublease? If you know that you will need a place to stay in the same city for several months at a time regularly, try Timeshare-Resale-Rental.com.

You can sign a recurring lease in apartments that allow subleasing and not worry about finding a place in a spot you frequent ever again. Just note that you might have to withstand some pushy sales approaches, but in the end, it might be all worth it.

7. FlipKey

With more than 830,000 properties in 190 countries, FlipKey is part of Tripadvisor Rentals, a leading vacation rental marketplace. You’ll find the perfect summer apartment and other subleasing apartments with FlipKey, whether you’re looking for a sprawling beachside spot or a city-center studio.

8. VacationRentals.com

Another vacation rental website worth perusing is VacationRentals.com, which lets you search for long-term vacation rentals.

Another benefit to stepping away from subleasing websites toward vacation rentals to find sublets is finding fully equipped apartments. Unfortunately, furnished sublets aren’t always the easiest to come by.

9. Facebook

Facebook is one of the world's biggest social media platforms, making it one of the best places to start your sublet search. The upside of using social media to inquire about short-term sublets is that you can do some sleuthing before committing to an agreement.

Facebook offers a few different ways to go about figuring out where to find sublets:

  • Marketplace: Facebook Marketplace is an online marketplace hosted on the Facebook platform. Generally, users list items or services, though you can also find sublets.

  • Groups: You can find sublets in specific sublet groups based on your location. For example, NYC Sublets Group on Facebook is a great place to rent sublets.

  • Postings: Let people know you are looking for a short or long-term sublet. A friend might bring the perfect opportunity to your comments section or help you find a sublease.*

10. Craigslist

Craigslist sublets can be great, but you should exercise extreme caution when using the site to find a sublet for rent.

As Craigslist relies on classified ads, there's no online payment portal to protect your money, nor are there any means of knowing who you are contacting before you meet them in person. Here are a few Craigslist safety tips and best practices:

  • Never exchange money if you don't have all the details.
  • Never meet in a private location for the first time.
  • Avoid ads without photos.
  • Use Google's reverse image search to help you weed out scammers using previously listed photos. Subletters should be posting updated photos of the apartment.

Final Thoughts

With time and money at stake, it is in the landlord’s best interest to maintain long-term tenants. When it comes to short-term leases, there is a big chance that your rental rate will be higher.

If you’re a student or are looking to move to a college town over the summer, things might be a bit easier for you, as many students return home and sublet their college apartments. Thankfully, you can check out the websites listed in this article to find short-term sublets in your area.

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AUTHOR
Angelina is a Marketing Specialist at Apartment List where she writes content on rental lifestyle. Angelina previously worked as a Russian and German language specialist at Facebook and Google, and has a BA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Read More
DAVINA WARD
Davina Ward is a contributing author at Apartment List and freelance writer specializing in real estate and digital marketing. She received her B. Read More
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