Sometimes, even with pre-planning, and not signing a lease until ready to commit to housing, situations arise that make it impossible to keep the terms of the lease agreement. For example, this could be having a medical emergency that requires a student to return home from JMU, being released from JMU for academic or other reasons, or transferring to a different location. Also, some students find inability to live with roommates or work out conflicts, and would prefer to leave their current lease to move to a different housing location. Despite the reason, leases are legally binding agreements with no early-out clause should there be these unforeseen circumstances. The only way to no longer be responsible for the rent for your room, is to find someone to take over your lease by subletting or re-letting. There are different policies at each individual apartment complex or rental agency regarding subleasing, so if you are considering this option, please contact your landlord or property management company first to discuss any specific rules or regulations.
If you are able to sublease and this is your best option, you will need to advertise your available sublet to students. Off-Campus Life has an office sublease list to help with advertising, and their are advertising options through our partner website as well. Contact the office by phone, email, or stopping in to learn more about these options and get assistance in finding as many ways possible to advertise.
Many property managers and landlords have specific forms you will need to fill out if you’re planning on subleasing, but if they do not have these forms available check out Subleasing Agreement Form (PDF). If you have any other questions, let us know. We will be glad to help!