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Most landlords and property agents require that you approve the subletter with them first. This includes credit checks and references sometimes, otherwise you default on the lease. Check your lease before subletting.
If you are subletting your place privately, you should do a background check on the potential subletter. The background check takes only minutes and costs about thirty or forty dollars, you can include this in the rent price.
If they pass the background check you need to draw up a legally binding contract that requires the subletter to pay you directly. In this contract have a clause that deals with property damage. Contact your bank and set up a safe and reliable transfer system for the rent, and get a down payment from the subletter.
Before you sign a contract with anyone, have a reliable third party look over the agreement. If the subletter destroys the apartment, not only will you be evicted, but you will be held legally responsible for the damages unless you have clauses in the contract protecting you from potential legal issues.
Protect yourself financially
Require that the subletter pay a security deposit before moving in, and in writing, explain how they can receive their security deposit back or what could cause them to lose it and why.