I am a tenant trying to arrange a sublet via craigslist. I live very far away from the property and will not be in the area until a few days before the lease begins. I have received a copy of the "New Jersey Agreement to Sublease/Sublet" that those currently living there want me to sign. They asked me to mail them a post-dated check for the first month's rent but I feel uncomfortable with this. In the past I have always dealt with these situations in person. I usually pay with cash. I am also aware that many banks will cash a post-dated check early. How are these transactions normally handled under these circumstances?
"How are these transactions normally handled under these circumstances?"
First, do the tenants own the house? If not, they do not have the authority to sublease and the landlord will not be happy when he discovers it. The lot of you will be subject to eviction. If you have never lived with a sublet agreement you will discover that the great majority do not last the lease. This will be another problem for you. Does the lease require you to be liable for unpaid rent and damages of the other tenants? You are right that banks should not cash a post dated check. If you want the tenants to hold the opening, you will need to show them some money and sign a lease. You also need to contact the landlord and get his outlook on this arrangement.