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How to Sublet Your NYC Apartment

June 20, 2011

Actors, designers, stage managers, directors, and others spend months seeking out their next awesome job. Finally, they land it. Woo hoo! Only, it’s in Nebraska. Or Florida. Or Oregon. But only for a month, or maybe even three. Certainly not long enough to break the lease on their awesome (and hard to find) New York City apartments.

So now they are faced with the daunting task of finding a subletter. Because you know NYC rents are too crazy to let that shit go to waste. And sometimes, those artists aren’t even being paid enough to maintain an apartment in NYC without the survival job that said artists will promptly be quitting.

That’s where this post comes in. Besides the usual suspects (Craigslist and desperately sharing your plight with facebook friends), I stumbled across an excellent resource: The NYC Actor Sublet Connection group on facebook.

In this group, actors (and other industry pros, as well, I assume) post when they have an apartment to sublet or if they’re looking for a place to stay. Most posts are quickly answered by at least one person, so it seems like the group is large enough to provide real potential as far as potential subletters/apartments go. I think the group is a really great idea for all of the people who are constantly in and out of this city because of the nature of our industry. Because I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen the “Guys, desperately need to sublet my bedroom in Morningside Heights for June!!! Help!!!” kind of facebook statuses.

Am I the last actor in New York to hear about this facebook group? Has anyone had any real-life success with it? Does anyone else have any other brilliant subletting ideas? Please share!

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