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What is subletting?

When a tenant cannot fulfill the terms of a rental contract (lease) the tenant has the option to sublet (or sublease) the rental unit. Subletting often requires the landlord’s approval as explained in the original lease. In such cases, a sub-tenant would replace the original tenant for a specific duration. In a subletting arrangement the original tenant is rarely released from the original contract, and he/she still assumes responsibility for the rental unit. A well written sublease contract helps the sub-tenant understand his/her responsibilities and can protect the original and subtenant(s) from unnecessary risk. 

Things to keep in mind 

  • remain flexible 

  • prepare to negotiate the terms of the sublease 

  • develop a formal written agreement 

For more information about sublet contracts, property inventory and condition, security deposits, risks and tips, and much more take a look at our sublet guides. 

  • Original Tenant Guide — The original tenant is the tenant who plans to vacate the rented property. 

  • Subtenant Guide — The subtenant is the tenant who will be occupying the property that is vacated by the original tenant. 

Post a sublet/room/apartment 

We provide a comprehensive database that allows you to advertise your sublet/room/apartment. It is an easy and effective way to reach many people who are searching for housing in and around Ithaca. Local landlords also post their properties on this database. The service is free to students. 

The following link allows you to create an account in just a few minutes using your NetID and password. This link also allows you to log-in to your account to edit, renew or remove your listing. 

Off-Campus Housing Listing Database Log-in 

Sublet/Roommate Email List 

The Off-Campus Living email list provides a forum for those seeking housing or those who are seeking someone to share housing with or sublet their apartment, and to share your housing search experience with others. 

This is exclusive to members of the Cornell community. You must have a valid NetID to join. 

  • Subscribe here — Type Join in the subject line and leave the body of the email blank. 

  • Unsubscribe here — The subject line must be blank and type Leave in the body of the email.