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Subletting your apartment can be a great way to pay your rent while you're on an extended vacation or away for work. But there are some legal pitfalls you'll want to avoid.
Short-term subletting is more popular than ever thanks to online services like Airbnb. However, these same sublets are also increasingly leading to eviction and even lawsuits. Case in point: a New York artist who's being sued for renting out her rent-controlled loft; she allegedly charged renters three times what she herself paid in rent, according to The New York Daily News.
Don't let that happen to you. Here are five tips to help keep you out of trouble if you're thinking about subletting your living space:
When it comes to subletting your apartment, use caution and do your homework. If you don't, the next person looking for a new place to rent could be you.