As summer approaches, students at the University of Virginia begin their search for subletting options as they plan to leave Charlottesville for the summer break. At the same time, there is a smaller group of students looking for summer housing in the area. However, with a surplus of empty apartments and a relatively low demand for subletting, students find themselves navigating an informal system and advocating for themselves to work out deals that benefit both parties.

To ensure a safe and legitimate sublease experience in Charlottesville, it’s important to know the policies of each apartment complex. Here is a breakdown of the policies for three popular student apartment complexes in the area:


At Grandmarc, there is no official subletting policy. Instead, they have a “takeover” policy where a potential tenant must fill out an official application. Once the application is submitted, the new tenant must be approved before the current tenant is able to get out of their lease. This process can take some time, so it’s important to start early if you plan to sublease at Grandmarc.

The Standard:

The Standard has a “reletting” process where a tenant fully signs their lease over to another individual. Unlike the process at Grandmarc, however, there is no application or fee to relet at the Standard. Caillie Smith, an employee at the Standard and a third-year College student, said that the reletting process is very popular among residents and estimated that around 30 to 40 residents take advantage of the option during the summer.

Pavilion at North Ground:

At Pavilion at North Ground, you can add an additional tenant if you have no roommate in a one-bedroom apartment. Otherwise, you’ll need to go through the lease takeover process, which comes with a processing fee of $500 but no penalty.

When it comes to subleasing, it’s important to ensure that the process is safe and legitimate. As a sublessor, you want to make sure that you’re protected against any legal action or liability. As a sublessee, you want to make sure that the person you’re renting from has the right to sublease the apartment and that you’re not going to be left high and dry if the landlord finds out.

To make your sublease safe and legitimate, consider drawing up a sublease agreement that both parties sign. This agreement should outline the terms of the sublease, including the rent amount, duration of the sublease, and any conditions or restrictions. It’s also a good idea to include a clause that states that the sublessee is responsible for any damages to the apartment during their stay.

In conclusion, subleasing can be a great way to save money and ensure that your living space is occupied during the summer break. By understanding the policies of your apartment complex and taking the necessary precautions, you can have a safe and legitimate sublease experience in Charlottesville, VA.

If you need any assistance with finding or sharing a sublease, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


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