Tips And Answers to Your Questions About Subleasing

Questions about subleases

We understand that life happens. For many number of reasons, you may find yourself in a situation where it’s necessary to take some time off and find a responsible person to take over your lease.

Whether you are taking a semester abroad, or taking an unexpected leave of absence, you must take steps to have successful subletting experience. Here are some tips and answers to some frequently asked questions:

Can I sublet my apartment with Von Klein Property Management Company?

Certainly! However, you need to come into our office at 1301 Ferry St. and fill out a sublet form.

Do you keep a list of residents who are trying to sublet their apartment and share that with interested prospects that call in?

Yes and we inform possible tenants when they come into the office. We also keep a sublease listing to share.

Do you have any recommendations for places I can post my sublet?

Craigs list and school boards seems to get the most activity. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter is a great place find the ideal subletter. Ask the people in your networks for referrals.
Here are some other places to search and post ads

University Housing, 541-346-4277
Oregon Daily Emerald, 541-346-3712
The Register Guard, 541-388-2309
The Eugene Weekly, 541-484-0519
Eugene Craigslist

Do you have any other tips about finding a sublet?

Incentives are always good. Like first month’s rent free or offer to pay their security deposit.

Am I responsible for giving tours if I find a potential sublet?

If you are still living in the unit, it is up to you to schedule tours. However if the unit is vacant, we can always show or check out keys.

If I find someone interested in subletting my apartment, what do I do next?

Have them fill out an application and bring it to our office. If the office is close, we have a drop slot by our front door.

Are there any sublet fees?


What happens with my security deposit?

Once the new contract is signed and you have turned in keys, you give us a forwarding address to send your security deposit to.

If the person subletting my apartment does not pay rent or damages on the apartment, how will that affect me?

It doesn’t. They sign a new contract and you and your cosigner are off the hook

Any other words of advice?

Start early! As soon as you know that you will need to sublet your apartment, contact our office to give us your dates of departure and start your search.

Be Considerate of Your Roommate!

If you have a roommate that will live with the new renter, include them in the search process. This will help ensure that the roommate is comfortable with the new arrangement. And besides, if the tables were turned, wouldn’t you want to give input regarding who lives with you?

Keep in mind there is a difference between subletting and switching room mates. If you have questions regarding changing room mates, please call the office at (541) 485-7776 for further information about this, or any other questions you have.

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Nine Signs You Are a Bad Roommate

9 Signs You are a Bad Roommate

Are you a bad roommate? Hopefully, you are in a situation where there is mutual respect for boundaries and everyone feels comfortable with each other. But, as we all know, that is not always the case.

After a long day of working or studying, there is nothing worse than coming home to a terrible roommate. Here are 9 signs that you are a less-than-ideal roommate.

1. Your Motto is “My Way or the Highway”. 

Good luck with that! Sharing your space with another person can be challenging, even a close friend. For your living arrangement work, it’s important that both parties compromise and adapt to each others lifestyle and habits. You can help mitigate awkward situations by determining if you are a good match BEFORE you move in.   Click here for tips on finding a the right roommate for you.

2. You are Miss or Mr. Passive Aggressive.

Whether you live with a stranger or a close friend, accept that at some point there is probably going to be conflict. Open communication is absolutely necessary when living in such close living quarters. Even if you avoid conflict at all costs, it will only cause anger an resentment to build up inside you until you are completely unbearable to live with. There is a good chance your roommate has no idea what they did to anger you, so talk about it, come to a agreement and move on!

3.  You honestly believe your roommate doesn’t care if you take or borrow without asking.

So you have a roommate who keeps the fridge stocked, the dishes clean, and plenty of clean laundry around for you to borrow. Why should they mind a T-shirt here, a carton of milk there? It’s communal right? Trust us, they mind. Nobody wants to be stuck with a roommate who takes food without replacing it or who borrows your favorite shoes or shirt without asking!

4. You are consistently late paying your bills or rent.

This is the worst!!! Pay your bills on time. Pay them early if that is an option. If you can’t afford your bills you may need to make different living arrangements or work an extra job. Do not ask your roommate(s) (who are probably also strapped for cash) to cover you! It’s not fair to them, and word will get around that you are a loser.  Who wants that?

5. You act as if your Mom will clean up after you.

Unless you have maid service, which you probably don’t, clean up your own messes! Think it’s ok to clean the dishes in the next couple of days or even next week? It’s not! Nobody wants to live with a messy or disorganized person! Who wants to come home to someones clutter and filth? You don’t have to be a super clean neat freak, but it’s important to be on the same page with your roommate about what’s acceptable and what’s not when it comes to cleanliness. Clean up your own messes, nobody else will.

6.  You ask lots of personal questions.

Your roommate has physical and emotional boundaries. Respect them. Just because you are living in the same space, you do not have the right to pry into their personal business! If your roommate wants to volunteer the information to you, fine. But give your roommate the space they need and respect their privacy.

7.  You frequently bring the party into your living room during the wee hours of the morning.

It’s one thing to be social, but it’s another thing to disregard your roommate(s) need for sleep or quiet study time. You must agree on acceptable noise levels in advance. Besides, you don’t want your neighbor to have report you, you just might receive a noise ordinance!

8. You are addicted to cigarettes.

Cigarette smoking stinks. It’s disgusting. It makes everything else, including your roommate’s stuff, smell like cigarettes. Yuck. Don’t smoke. If you must smoke, do it in a designated area and do your laundry often.

9. You contribute NOTHING.

You need stuff in your apartment: furniture, cookware, dishes, electronics, etc. Don’t be the roommate that contributes nothing. Suddenly you are the guy (or gal) that takes advantage of your roommate’s stuff.

Bottom Line: Be considerate!  Be considerate! Be considerate! And figure out in advance if you are a good match! 

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