Subletting or subleasing is basically renting out the TCC apartment that you are already renting. Subleasing and subletting do have technically different meanings, but they are commonly used interchangeably. Personally, I think that ‘subletting' just sounds weird, so I will be using ‘subleasing.' Some people choose to sublease if they need to move before their lease ends. Others sublease if they find that they need extra money to help pay their rent each month. Whatever the reason, subletting can be a great option in some circumstances.
Check Your Lease
Before you decide to sublease your TCC apartment, you should first read your lease. Some leases specifically prohibit subleasing. If your lease does specifically prohibit subleasing, you can contact your landlord and ask if they will grant you an exception. If they do, make sure to have this agreement put in writing and signed by both of you. If your lease does not mention subleasing, you may want to ask about this as well, and perhaps ask for a written addendum to your lease allowing you to sublet in Tallahassee.
If your lease does allow for subleasing, make sure to follow any guidelines set forth in the lease, like providing information about your subtenant, sublease, or any other information. You may be required to have a background check or credit check done on your subtenant through your landlord.
Find a Subtenant
Once you know that your landlord will allow you to sublease your TCC apartment, you will need to find a good subtenant. You can advertise through word-of-mouth with friends, fliers around your neighborhood, workplace, or TCC, and of course, online. Many websites exist for this sort of thing, including the ever popular Craigslist, and the Uloop for TCC. If you are having trouble finding a subtenant, consider offering some kind of incentive, like paying half of their first month's rent.
While you are deciding on your subtenant, find out why they are interested in subleasing (they may want to check out the area for a short time before deciding to move, or they may need to be there for a short time for school or work). Ask for references, including past or current landlord references. You want to make sure this person isn't trying to sublease because they have been bad tenants in the past and won't pass a credit check. On that note, once you are pretty sure you have found your subtenant, let them know you will do a background check and credit check. These tools will help you be more sure of your subtenant choice. Background checks for Florida residents can be done here, and cost $24 per person. Credit checks can be found in many places, online and at businesses. Your landlord may have a good process already set up and may be willing to use their company to check your subtenant if you or they pay the fee.
Make a Written Contract
Once you are confident in your subtenant, you will want them to sign a written agreement. This should outline information in the original lease for your apartment near TCC, the rent that they pay, how utility bills will be handled, if a security deposit is required and how that will be handled at the beginning and end of the sublease, the number of people allowed to be living there, and other such provisions.