Maybe you already have off-campus housing secured, but would like to add your property as a listing on our off-campus housing database. Not to worry! Just follow these simple steps and you will be all set.
- If you have not done so already, you need to sign up for an account on our Off-Campus Housing Website. When you get to the home page (och.gmu.edu), click on the green “Sign Up” button on the top right corner. Once you do so, you should get a page that looks like this.
- Once there, click on the “Property Listers” sign up button, and you should get a page that looks like this. Depending on what kind of property you want to list, click on one of the three options available
- Once there, follow the instructions on the page in order to prepare your listing. For example, if you are an individual or private owner, the page will look like this when you press the Individual option. Fill out the necessary information that you want people to know about the property you are listing. Add as much information as you can about the property, including reliable contact information so that people who are interested can get back to you easily!
- Just be aware that since our website is secure, you will have to pay a fee (it varies with each option) in order to have your listing on our website. For example, if you want to put up your own private listing, the fee is $50 to have in on our database for 1 year.
- Perhaps you as a Mason student are wondering whether you should add your property as a listing. Check out below to see if adding a property listing is right for you!
Subletting Your Apartment
If you want to go this route:
- First, check your lease. Are you permitted to sublet? If so, what steps or procedures must you follow? Are you required to notify your landlord in writing of your intention or to have the landlord approve any prospective people who might be subletting? If your lease does not say anything about sublets, it is generally assumed that you can sublet, but it never hurts to ask!
- Meet with your landlord. Discuss your intentions, gain written approval, and clarify the process with your landlord. Will the landlord permit you to terminate your lease without penalty if you locate someone to assume your lease or accept a new lease? This is usually preferable for students. If you plan to return to the apartment after a short time (one to six months) or before your lease expires, it might be better to sublet and maintain your claim on the apartment for your return.
- If you sublet your apartment, realize that you are for all intents and purposes a landlord. You will need to establish, collect, document, and account for a security deposit. A deposit is necessary to protect yourself, but it puts legal obligations on you just as it does for your landlord. You should have a lease agreement, in writing, to protect yourself from any problems or legal actions brought by your tenant. If you want more information about how subletting works in Virginia, click here!
- Realize that the actions of your tenant may also affect you. Tenant damage to the unit, building, common areas, or systems may result in legal action against you to collect damages. Legal action also may be required for you to collect damages from the person you are allowing to sublet. Our office recommends that, whenever possible, students terminate their leases with their landlords, have sublessors sign new leases with the landlords, recover their security deposits, and have no further legal obligations or liability to the landlords or new tenants.
- Subletting an apartment is a legal relationship. Know your rights and obligations. Document your discussions and all agreements. Be a knowledgeable consumer, a good tenant, and an informed landlord. Good luck!
ATTENTION: All George Mason students are able to list their sublet for free on och.gmu.edu. This secure site is the best way to find roommates and help you fill the empty room in your apartment, townhouse, or house.