Sublet NYC Apartments: How Do You Find Them?

Need temporary housing? Even if the NYC sublet search sounds challenging, don’t fret. There are plenty of great ways to find sublets without worrying about scammers, tricks, or thieves. This guide will walk you through the options.

Why sublet NYC apartments instead of renting them? Maybe you’re moving to New York City for only a few months and need some short-term housing, or maybe you lack the income or credit history requirements to qualify as a primary tenant.

Whatever the reason, plenty of people in need of an apartment will find themselves having to sublet one as quickly as possible. Although it may sound simple enough, finding a decent sublet in NYC can be an agonizing process. In order to stay ahead of the competition, it’s important to know where to look for a sublet, when to make a move, and what all the risks are.

Paid Services

As a general rule, any service that asks for money up front usually isn’t a good one. So avoid using a paid service when you’re trying to sublet NYC apartments. A quick Internet search turns up reports that these types of sublet services can result in unexpected fees, deceptive practices, and people getting sublets that weren’t exactly as described.

Craigslist

Craigslist and other online classifieds sites can be great for, say, trying to score last-minute furniture. However, trying to sublet NYC apartments through them can be quite problematic. Tons of scammers frequent sites like Craigslist, asking people for “deposits” to hold the apartment, only to disappear with your money. Never send money to someone in advance, be very suspicious of anyone that asks for a money order or wire transfer (these types of payments cannot be canceled, or reversed), and generally keep your wits about you when dealing with people you don’t know online.

Your Social Network

Even if the NYC sublet search sounds challenging, don’t fret. There are plenty of great ways to find sublets without worrying about scammers, tricks, or thieves. One of the most important is word of mouth. Putting the word out to your friends can be the quickest, most trustworthy, and most hassle-free way to sublet NYC apartments. When you begin your apartment search, turn to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, and ask your friends, family, and colleagues for leads.

Reliable Websites

Although you should use your judgment with all online sources, there are many out there that offer great deals for short-term housing, and even housing by the day or week that might be beneficial while you are looking for something. The New York Times recommends Airbnb’s sublet section, along with several other online options. The relatively new startup CrashDwell, created as a resource for NYC students to find short-term housing, might also be worth exploring.

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