Many people sublet they apartment. How they usually do it? I mean sign a papers about subletting or just do it without any paperwork.
What bad will happen if not to tell house owner about it?
As I understand bad things can possibly go in two ways:
- as a person who signed a contract responsible for any apartment damages and other problems
- most probably if I violate my contract subletting apartment to others without any arrangements with house owner it could be a reason for immediate contract termination.
Am I correct? What I missed? How to do it properly?
The reason to ask is my desire to have a "long vacation" 2-3 month outside Switzerland. But pay rent during this period is not very smart. How to do things better with my apartment?
Your best bet is to ask your landlord if this is permissible. You will undoubtedly remain responsible for any damages to the place, and you will remain responsible for rent and utility payments (whether you get paid is not a concern to the owner), but the ultimate say-so on whether this is allowed is the owner. He or she probably doesn't have a reason not to allow it, as long as the building won't be a rotating door for others. If it is truly a 2-3 month one time shot, why not discuss with the owner?
Unless your rental contract specifically states that you are allowed to sublet with the landlord's permission, then doing so without his permission would be deemed a break of contract and you may indeed find your rental contract is terminated. In either case you will be reasonable for any damage/breakages etc.
I know you don't like the advise, but I also think you should not sublet without permission.
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Just the thought of subletting with proper agreement in place makes me shudder. As said before, if the owner finds out, and it is very likely, the contract will be null and void. And what if the sub-tenants trash the place? Either intentionally or accidentally - if they have pets that will tear the doors, wall-paper, double glazing seals, etc. As it is for a fairly short-term period, at least make sure you sublet to good friends you can trust, but at a 'mate's rate'.
Another aspect you might not realise is the owner is responsible for informing the registration authorities whom is living in his house. If your sub tenant gets into trouble and the police realise he is not registered at your address, you will also be in big trouble.
You do not have to ask for permission but must notify him and you can not charge more rent than you pay (renting your place furnished is a way to circumvent this limitation). If the sublet is longer than one year your landlord may cancel your contract and take over your sub tenants.
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