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Subletting Your Apartment

Our Policy

New York University allows faculty members to apply for permission to sublet their housing units.  

  • Sublets and assignments are governed by New York State Real Property Law 226-b.
  • Tenants may assign their lease or or enter into a sublease with another party after first obtaining the written consent of the Office of Faculty Housing. 
  • Any assignment or sublease without the University’s consent is null and void and may give NYU the right to terminate the lease.
  • The premise is for residential purposes only.
  • Sublets must be a minimum of 30 days.

Illegal Sublets

The Faculty Housing Office has received numerous complaints from tenants that some of their neighbors are renting their apartments to non-NYU affiliates for periods of less than 30 days via internet sites such as and 

Any sublease or license of the apartment or portions of the apartment, to transient tenants including overnight occupants, licensees, guests and renters through services such as Airbnb and VRBO is a violation of the lease to rent.

The University takes this issue very seriously and any such violations will be strictly penalized with sanctions up to and including eviction. Note that this policy is consistent with that of most residential buildings in Manhattan and is designed to protect the welfare of all tenants.

Non-NYU affiliate Tenants may refer to the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Office of Rent Administration for relevant sublet laws and regulations

NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal


  • The Sublet Service is only for faculty members living in NYU Faculty Housing who are on approved leave or sabbatical.
  • Permission to sublet your apartment must be granted by the Faculty Housing Office.
  • A faculty member requesting permission to sublet during an approved leave of absence or sabbatical must have the Department Chair / Dean / Director complete and sign the Sublet Approval Form.
  • The Sublet Approval form is not required during summer or winter intersession
  • Sublet agreements must be a minimum of 30 days.
  • The maximum rate to be charged is your base monthly rent not including utilities, e.g., electric.
  • If your apartment is furnished, you can add a 10% surcharge.
  • The overtenant has the final say on the sub-tenant selection process.
  • The Faculty Housing Office only accepts sublets that are owned and managed by NYU.

How to Apply

  1. Please have the Sublet Approval Form completed by your Department Chair the Department Chair / Dean / Director prior to listing your apartment for sublet. The Sublet Approval Form is not required during summer or winter intersession
  2. Submit your information via the Sublet Offer Form.
  3. Your sublet posting will then be shared with our Sublet Mailing list.
  4. For your convenience, the Sublet Mailing list includes NYU affiliates and Non-affiliates searching for a sublet.
  5. One you select a subtenant, complete the Standard Sublease Agreement in full with signatures from both the Over-tenant and the Subtenant
  6. Submit the executed agreement for review and approval to:  
  7. Allow 5 working days for review and processing of your application