You’re happy with your apartment and don’t have any immediate plans of moving out, however if you plan on going home for the summer, participating in an exchange, or leaving the apartment for any extended period of time, you may choose to sublet your dwelling. Finding a subtenant means finding someone to live temporarily in your dwelling and pay the rent for the time that you are gone. Keep in mind however, you are ultimately responsible for the rent and condition of the apartment. Here are the steps to subletting.
- Post an ad for your apartment online, indicating that it will be available for a short-term sublet. Include a detailed description of the place, and add photos!
- Have interested applicants come see the place. It is important to choose a responsible subtenant who you believe is capable of paying rent. Ultimately you are still responsible for the apartment in the long-term, so try and use your best judgment.
- Fill out a sublet agreement by picking up an Official Quebec Lease from the Régie du Logement, cross out the words “tenant” and “landlord” in the identification box and replace them with “sub-tenant” and “tenant” respectively. This contract is officially recognized by the Régie du Logement, providing that the Landlord consents to the sublet.
- Send a Notice to Sublet to the Landlord. Much like a lease transfer assignment, the landlord has 15 days to respond, and if they do not respond it means that the sublet is automatically approved. Technically a landlord should not refuse a sublet without a valid reason.
- Figure out a payment method so that you can be sure the rent is paid consistently and on time while you are away. Perhaps you want the money transferred to you, or entrust a roommate to make sure the rent gets paid.
What if my subtenant stops paying rent while I am away?
What if I want to sublet and I am a joint tenant?
What are the reasons my landlord can refuse a sublet?