Temporary summer sublet relief program
Dear Tenant,

As online summer programs will result in a very limited sublet market, we are announcing a temporary sublet relief program for 2021 in which eligible residents may apply to vacate their apartment for a period of one, two, or three months between May 15, 2021 and August 31, 2021 and receive a rent adjustment In the amount you would have paid for the agreed upon period (net of any other adjustments or stipends). Be aware that it could take four weeks for the adjustment to go through, so keep that in mind regarding registration requirements.

We're delighted to be able to support you in this way and ask that you carefully read the details below so that there are no misunderstandings about the requirements and commitments on both sides.
Timing and application details
  • To be eligible for the program you must have a lease with Harvard University Housing that runs from April 30, 2021 or earlier through June 30, 2022.
  • Sublet relief is offered only for a specified one, two, or three month period between May 15, 2021 and August 31, 2021.
  • ´╗┐See the "Calculating start and end date" section below for an explanation of how to determine your requested start and end dates to meet this requirement.
  • Your request must be submitted via this Survey Monkey link by midnight (ET) on May 1, 2021. Only one application per tenant will be accepted .
  • A member of our leasing team will respond to your request within a week. If you do not hear back by then, please email leasing@harvard.edu to check that your request was received.
Calculating start and end dates
Formula to request one, two, or three month sublet relief:

  • Take the date of your requested start date (May 15 to August 1)
  • Add duration: one, two, or three months
  • Enter one date earlier for your end date (June 14 to August 31)


  • A one-month sublet starting May 18 would end on June 17.
  • A two-month sublet starting on June 3 would end August 2.
  • A three-month sublet starting May 23 would end August 22.

If you have questions about calculating the duration, please email leasing@harvard.edu.
There will be no exceptions to these policies

  • Submissions and date change requests will not be accepted after midnight (ET) on May 1, 2021.
  • You and any authorized occupants must vacate the apartment and give up access for the entire sublet period. If not, you will not receive ANY relief.
  • To be clear, if you or any of your authorized occupants return even one day early you will be responsible for the rent for the entire time you requested the sublet relief.
  • Co-lessees (roommates) may each have a different approved sublet timeline to which their access restrictions will apply.
  • You do not need to remover your belongings.
  • Authorized occupants are not co-lessees; they are automatically included in your request.
  • Each co-lessee must individually request sublet relief if they want to take advantage of this option. Any co-lessees remaining in the apartment will not receive a rent adjustment.
  • Your rent adjustment will be applied after your sublet relief period ends and could take up to four weeks to process. Please keep this in mind in regards to registration requirements.
  • The rent adjustment will not include any other rent adjustments or stipends.
  • You will have no access to the apartment during the sublet relief period.
Submit your request now or any time up to midnight (ET) on May 1, 2021
If you have any questions before submitting your request, please contact leasing@harvard.edu or 617-495-1459.

Harvard University Housing