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How To Add a Roommate to the Lease

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Your rent is steep and you want to alleviate the financial burden by letting someone sleep in the guest room or a corner of the living room. One of your roomies suddenly bailed or moved on to an exciting job opportunity in another state. Your or your roommate’s significant other is moving in (a big step!). Whatever the reason, you’re taking another big step—adding a roommate to the lease. What factors should you consider when doing so? How much might your landlord raise the rent? This article gives a brief overview of the options available when adding a roommate to the lease.

Unlike many legal issues, adding a roommate to your lease is actually a somewhat sensible process. The first thing to do is consult with your landlord to seek approval for the new addition to your apartment. Adding a roommate to the lease (rather than just having another person live in the apartment in a sort of subletting arrangement) will be preferable for your landlord because the lease will give your new roommate a legal responsibility to pay rent and respect the apartment. If the new roomie is just a substitute for a departing tenant, you’ll probably have little trouble getting the roommate approved. The process will probably involve a standard rental application and credit history approval, as well as switching the names on the lease. Some landlords may also require a lease extension when bringing on someone new.

If you’re not just replacing a roommate but actually adding to the total number of residents in the apartment, you may have other issues to consider. Depending on your location, local housing codes have provisions allowing landlords to raise rent by a certain percentage annually when adding a roommate and creating a new lease. Your landlord may also be able to increase your monthly payments by any amount he or she deems appropriate. If you think the cost of living is being artificially augmented, consult with your local tenants’ rights council or a lawyer to see what the landlord is legally allowed to do. Until you sign the lease, the new price of rent is negotiable—so don’t set pen to paper until you can accept the accompanying financial burden.

Even simply swapping one roommate for another might make you susceptible to a rent increase. You’ll most likely need to sign a new lease agreement altogether, which your landlord might draw up to reflect an increase in rent since the time you initially signed your lease. Even if your name is on the new lease, the addition of a different roommate may open up an opportunity for your landlord to raise your rent—within reason. Again, consult local resources to see what rights your landlord has as far as increasing the cost of living in your unit. Once you sign a new lease, though, you’re bound to pay the amount specified in it, so do your research and negotiating first and your signing second.

When you have your landlord’s approval of your new roommate’s completed application, the landlord will write up a new lease agreement with the appropriately adjusted rent and correct names. You and your new roommate(s) and any former roommates will to sign the new lease and everything will be—or should be—smooth sailing.

That’s the ideal situation, though. You might run into situations ranging from not getting approval for your roommate to having the price of rent raised so much that your eyes pop out of your head. If something comes up in the process of adding a new roommate to your lease, don’t panic. Remain level-headed and do what you can to work things out. If your landlord is hesitant to approve your new boyfriend’s rental application, don’t scream obscenities or stop paying rent. Look for the reason why your landlord objects to the new tenant, and propose possible solutions. If your boyfriend doesn’t have a job or a good credit rating, tell the landlord you’ll be covering for him financially as necessary (this may help get the boyfriend on the lease, but whether it’s a good idea in other respects depends on your relationship with the boyfriend!).

All things considered, adding a roommate to your lease shouldn’t be a difficult process. It may cost a bit, but the presence of another rent-payer should be able to offset the rent increase and actually save you money. As long as you’ve done your homework beforehand and know whether you can get along with the new roommate, everything should work out well. Now you’ll just need to figure out what to do to address issues that arise with your new roomie being messy, loud, or otherwise less than ideal to live with.

42 Responses to “How To Add a Roommate to the Lease”

  1. December 19, 2005 at 3:14 pm, Anonymous said:

    How do I TAKE OFF a roommate who’s on the lease?

    I hate my roommate. She smokes (which I don’t) in the apartment, her bum of a boyfriend spends almost everynight there and his crap is EVERYWHERE. She is unfamiliar with a dishwasher, a shower, or a laundromat. She’s late on the rent EVERY Single time. MY roommate and her unwanted guest are the roommates from hell. How do I get rid of them?

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  2. December 29, 2005 at 1:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    Unfortunately, there is not much you can do without your rooomate’s consent. Depending on state laws, you would need her consent to be removed from the lease; but your landlord may not approve the release unless you qualify for the apartment on your own. Other than sitting down and talking it through like adults, you could also contact your management staff and explain the situation. Management can send notices for an “illegal occupant” and “failure to show due consideration for the apt. and other tenants”. Your management staff will more than likely try to help you because this situation could affect other residents in the future, but they are limited to the context of your lease. Ask for a copy and ask the manager to review it with you in detail.
    Keep in mind that the longer you put up with your roommate’s behavior, the more negative impact it will have on your rental history. That could affect your approval at any future apt. community or even getting approved for a mortgage.
    (Property Manager in TN)

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  3. February 28, 2006 at 11:03 pm, Anonymous said:

    Do you have any recourse if your roomate had his girlfriend added to the lease with approval of the apartment complex but without your knowledge or consent?

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  4. March 19, 2006 at 4:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    There may be a clause if they ever kick you out and you won’t have to pay. You would have to prove that they did that, we told the manager of the apartments that he kept the original key and gave his friends the copy that I had. He was planning this and i didn’t know but I got out and left him responsible because he and his friends (now roomies) relied on my paycheck, we kept getting behind because they didn’t have the rent. I was also the maid. It was a blessing to leave and let them get evicted, I didn’t really care what ever happened to them. Good luck and have a plan.

    Anonymous

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  5. March 19, 2006 at 4:12 pm, Anonymous said:

    To clear up the last post, I mean my husband planned to bump me out.

    Anonymous

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  6. June 02, 2006 at 12:52 pm, Guest said:

    I’m hoping someone can help me.. this sort of has to do with adding a roomate. but I couldn’t find a more appropriate post. My bf and I are looking to move in together. We currently reside in his mothers house and it’s very cramped to say the least. The problem is that he has really bad credit. Mine is fair to good. So I’m not quite sure how to go about the lease/credit check. Should I just tell them he’ll be living there but I’m going to be the one financialy resposible bc he’ll be in school(not true)? Or just put me on the lease and have him “move in”? someone help! We need to get out of our current living situation ASAP
    -on the edge (Boston, MA)

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  7. July 18, 2006 at 4:40 pm, Guest said:

    This is the exact problem that i am having, i am struggling to come up with rent money because of having hours cut at my job. I asked my landlord if I could have add my boyfriend to the lease to solve this problem. It took her 3 days to get back to me and instead of calling, she left a note under my door saying no. Nowhere in my lease does it say that no one can be added. So i called her back to ask her the reason and she just never returned my call. i guess shes avoiding me. but anyways i cant afford this apartment anymore and its just not worth it to put up with her constant rudeness to me. I want to break the lease but she is going to make me pay the equivalent of 3 mnts rent…which i obviously cant afford. If i had the money then I wouldnt have the problem paying rent in the first place…what can i do??

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  8. September 26, 2006 at 10:18 pm, Guest said:

    I’m having a problem with a roommate situation. He told me on the first that he was moving out and informed the landlord of that. We’re on a month-to-month lease. I chose to go find another place because I couldn’t find anyone to move into my current apartment. Today is the 26th and I move in on the 1st. I found out today that my current landlord does not consider my roommate giving his notice the same thing as me giving my notice. Therefore, now I’m responsible for another months rent. I was under the impression that we were on the lease jointly, which we are, and that I’d have to sign a new lease to release him from the current one if I was planning on staying. Otherwise, I should be leaving at the same time as him. Anyone have any info? Anything I can do so that I don’t have to pay another months rent?

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  9. November 19, 2006 at 9:00 pm, Guest said:

    Dear Boston,
    Apartment mangement is my forte. I can tell you now that if you move the bf in without him being on the lease you are breaking the lease agreement and can be subject to eviction. Eviction is very bad on a credit report when trying to re-lease some where else or even if applying for a loan, etc. Try asking the manager to allow co-signers for one or both or by signing the bf on the lease under “Children or other non responsible tenants” You should find this somewhere about the middle of the first page of your lease. This will limit his “rights as a tenant” but will allow him to have the same access as you. Let me know how this works. (Texas)

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  10. November 19, 2006 at 9:44 pm, Guest said:

    Dear ?.
    Your landlord is absoulutely correct. The existing lease must be terminated by all parties and a new lease signed showing only you as the tenant. However, this is a month to month lease and unless there is a “rider” or “added provision” to the lease stating that you would pay this additional months rent,then it remains a month to month lease. What the landlord is asking you do is “buy out your lease” commonly referred to as a “Release of Lease”, which can only be used to settle a breeched long term lease. Normally, a month to month states that in order to be refunded all or part of any security or pet deposits, etc. then 30 days written notice must be given prior to move out. If you do not have your copy of the lease, you may obtain one “without charge” from your landlord upon request,and I would want a copy of roomies written notice to vacate as well. Read the lease word for word and if there are no Riders, ask your landlord to explain this on a month to month. If you were required to pay first and last months rent as your security deposit then you should only be asked to forfeit “last months rent” aka “Security Deposit”. No matter what you decide, leave your unit clean and ready to rent other than normal living wear and tear. Ask your landlord to walk through the unit with you and sign off on the move out check list that should have been a part of the lease agreement. (Texas)

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  11. January 03, 2007 at 1:31 pm, Guest said:

    What can I do about my ex boyfriend living in a apartment that is in my name alone. He was sitting for my apartment while I travled out of town but now I own a home on the other side of town. I didnt want to end the lease and get stuck paying the fees so he moved in but the bills are in my name and He is making my life hell. He owns his own company so Im sure the lease office will not approve him on the lease alone or with me just to get the bills out of my name and him responcible for the apartment. Also if I put him out Im afraid he will damage the apartment and Ill be stuck with the fees! What should I do? stl, mo

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  12. January 04, 2007 at 11:39 am, Guest said:

    I hope someone can help me. My husband and I (NJ) are living in a high crime area currently in a 2 family private home. When our lease is up in May we want to move out because we just HATE it here. We would prefer to get into a complex because we believe the management is better than a private home. Our problem…we both have pretty bad credit. It has nothing to do with paying our rent. We are faithful and on time with it every month. We are also expecting our fist baby the end of this summer and we sure don’t want to bring a new baby home to a bad neighborhood. Does anyone know if a complex might make any exceptions in our situation? Or are we just out of luck?

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  13. January 23, 2007 at 12:10 pm, Guest said:

    I’m thinking about adding my boyfriend onto my lease. He has been sleeping at my house almost every night for the past month and sometimes is there during the day while I am at work. I gave him a copy of my key. He is not currently on my lease. I’m a little worried that I may get in trouble for having him stay over repeatedly, although he hasn’t officially moved anything in, just a few changes of clothes. How would a landlord prove he’s an illegal occupant? If I pay my rent on time, and don’t cause any problems, how likely is it that this would be acted on? The property owner is not local, the property manager (superintendent) lives on site. We haven’t been together for very long so I’m not sure I want him to officially move in yet, but I don’t want us to get in trouble. I’m financially responsible for all of the bills.

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  14. January 31, 2007 at 1:28 pm, Guest said:

    I dont have a lease and I was wondering how I might go about getting a room mate. My landlord told me when I first moved in that I wasnt allowed to have one. Its been 6 months now and ive been a good tenant. Im only 18 so I would assume that that has something to do with it. Would anyone recommend I just have someone move in anyways, I dont want to make my landlord mad at me, but his reasons are always bogus. The first time I asked him he said it was because I would be there and my girlfriend, and my room mate and his girlfriend. My landlord said that was too many people but it didnt make sense because neither of our girlfriends do/will live there. Can any one help me? Thankyou, Seth

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  15. February 18, 2007 at 4:03 am, Guest said:

    I’m wondering about the same question too. so if you have an answer please email me at esipilaann@yahoo.com

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  16. February 20, 2007 at 4:25 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a two bedroom apartment and my boyfriend is planning to move in with me in my room. How much should everyone pay? Should all three of us split the rent equally? How does this work out?

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  17. March 07, 2007 at 9:03 am, Guest said:

    I am in a similar situation. I live with a roommate, and his nasty, mangy girlfriend is here every day and spends the night EVERY night. She messes up our kitchen, and refuses to clean up. Amazingly, as I’m typing this, my roommate is trying to kick me off of my own computer so he can use it to do the homework he waited til the last minute to do. He is actually about to let his girlfriend use my pc, without my permission, which is the way he lets her use all my things. I personally am going to have a talk with my l;andlord today, just to have her removed from the property. If he decides to follow her, that’s just fine with me. I have had enough of both of them using me and being rude. She is too cheap to get a place of her own, so she’s trying to live here for free, while I bust my hump to pay bills. She has parents who she actually lives with when she’s not giving up the ass to my roommate, so she should just stay there.

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  18. April 16, 2007 at 3:07 pm, Guest said:

    We were living in Presidential Towers in Chicago for 1 year and our lease was not renewed because they found 2-3 bedbugs in our apartment. We wanted to lease the apartment again after 6 months but the management did not allowed us based on our past history (they found 2-3 bedbugs in our apartment, which otherwise was all clean). After hearing the bedbugs problem in PT (Lawsuit which was filed in March 07), it seems the bedbugs problem is quite old in PT and its not our fault. The problem was already there and unfortunately they found 2-3 bedbugs in our apartment and thats why they are not allowing us to lease the apartment. Because of the location and convinience, I would like to move back to PT as a co-occupant. Will they allow me now based on our past history and the recent Lawsuit case and the old problem that exist in PT? Any suggestions.

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  19. May 14, 2007 at 11:57 pm, Guest said:

    I am 19 years old and currently live in my own 1 bedroom apt. In the beginning (6/06)i was fairly on time with the rent, but after college started it was hard for me to keep up with it since i wasn’t working very much and i was taking a full load of coursework. To my knowledge i’m about 7 months behind on rent, but i have not been evicted, kicked out, or even talked to about this issue. My lease is up in about 2-3 weeks and i have no other place to really move into. I have bad credit due to credit cards that i’m currently paying off and would like to stay here until i get back on my feet. I plan on paying my landlord the months of rent i owe him before my current lease is up, but, is there a possibility that i could stay in my current place if i get a co-signer for the new lease i hope to sign? What are my options?Help me!I’m very desperate!

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  20. May 19, 2007 at 11:47 pm, Guest said:

    Hi. I am staying with the family. I rent a room in their house. The problem is my landlady doesn’t like me to stay at home at the weekends. She always keeps on asking me when you are going out or if you are going out. Her attitude bothers me too much. How do I solve this problem. Normally I don’t stay at home all the time. I want to take rest at home on Saturday. But my landlady’s questions are disturbing me.

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  21. July 12, 2007 at 2:37 pm, Guest said:

    I live in GA and was at one point listed as an occupant on a lease which i did not sign. but the story is is that me and my significant other were sharing an apt with my sister and we were both listed on the lease as occupants but neither of us signed the lease and after a couple of months she kept threating that she was going to move or we were getting kicked out which in GA all she had to do is call the police and have us removed so we upped and left and got our own apt. but now she has filed a suit against us for an extreme amount that is way over what would be owed if we were to be responsible for the rent and utilities for that month my question is if we moved out with no notice to her do we have to pay her for the rent for that month esp since there was no written agreement between her and us we have all canceled checks that were written for rent etc which proves we paid all rents and utilities but she has no documentation for her part esp for the 3 months she left us paying everything to live with her girlfriend.. if anyone knows please email me directly to peachstateboi@hotmail.com i have to file an answer really soon to her law suit.

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  22. August 02, 2007 at 6:22 pm, Guest said:

    I have a roommate who signed the lease with me on a month to month lease apartment. One fine day she sends me an email saying that she is moving out and asks me to give her, her share of the security deposit. The renter requires a month’s notice. Can she break off, anytime and say as I am going to continue to stay here, she needn’t give a notice? Also can she terminate her lease without my agreement? She says that if I dont refund her shar of the deposit, she would live in the apartment for another half month and then leave.

    I told the renter that I would pay my share of the rent and give him a proper notice before I leave. But he says that he would order an eviction if the whole rent is not paid.

    Any suggestions on how I can handle this issue?

    thanks in advance…

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  23. September 20, 2007 at 7:51 pm, Guest said:

    Hello,
    Me, my friend and his brother planned on moving into a 3 bedroom house for $1000 including everything but electric. That would make it $333 each which is what we needed because we couldnt afford more at the time. Right after we moved in & signed our month to month lease, the landlord said that because we had three people living in the house, we would have to start paying $1400 a month. That made the rent $467 per person, which was hard for us to afford. After my friends brother moved out, the landlord dropped the rent back down to $1000 a month, leaving me and my friend to pay $500 each per month. Legally, is she allowed to adjust the rent based on how many people are living in the house? And if so, can she raise it that much? She knew in the very beginning that 3 people were moving in – 1 for each bedroom. Help!

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  24. May 03, 2008 at 6:37 pm, Guest said:

    Up until today my landlord, for the duplex I move into in June, has been very nice and accommodating. When my two friends couldn’t rent with me, he gave me time to find two other people. For a while, he’s been trying to get me to live with this guy who does work for him, but he’s twice my age! I’ve been telling them both for weeks that I didn’t really want to. The other roommate I found refused to live with a guy, but there were no interested females for a while, so I told him that if I didn’t have anyone to move in with by friday (yesterday) she would have to deal. However, to my surprise, I finally found a third person thursday night, and they sent the check out monday morning. But I was in for a shock, because this morning my landlord called me during work saying that the other guy had signed a SEPARATE lease (I have the main one with me and my roommates signature) on WEDNESDAY after he claimed that I okayed it. No one bothered to call me to let me know, as I was present in the past for the lease signing, and I had made numerous calls to him in the last two days without a response. I have three people and want ONLY three people. Can he do this???????

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  25. June 02, 2008 at 7:09 am, Guest said:

    If I am under 18 and I have parental permission, can I move into a friends apartment?

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  26. June 08, 2008 at 3:30 pm, Guest said:

    If I am renting a 2-bedroom apartment for $400 + $100 for all utilities, and the lease is in my name, can I add a roommate without adding the person to the lease?

    Can the roommate pay me his/her rent, while I continue to pay the full rent to my landlord?

    Can I ask for $300 from the roommate, so I’d have to pay only $200, instead of $250 if split 50/50?

    Does this all make sense?

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  27. June 10, 2008 at 3:18 am, Guest said:

    “Can I ask for $300 from the roommate, so I’d have to pay only $200, instead of $250 if split 50/50?”

    I’m not sure of the legality, but this sure makes you look like a liar, a thief, and a con artist. I’d suggest re-evaluating your morals before adding said roommate.

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  28. June 20, 2008 at 1:19 pm, Guest said:

    1st
    read the lease..for right to sublet.
    the full rent might change depends on the Landlord’s decision to accept your roommate.
    You can ask for any amount of $ from your roommate depends on your roommate.
    making sense on what you want to do depends on your mind and the mind of the other person

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  29. June 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm, Guest said:

    if you do this, does any negative credit on the previous tenants follow you even if it was not your fault.

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  30. August 15, 2008 at 12:26 am, Guest said:

    I don’t know where you live (it depends on your local laws), but in NYC if you are on the lease and have a roommate who is not on the lease, it is illegal to charge your roommate more than 50% of the total rent.

    If you get caught you can be evicted. This is to prevent people from taking advantage of their roommate.

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  31. October 15, 2008 at 1:43 pm, Guest said:

    yes as long as you are still going to school and have a job. depending where you are located at u may have to go infront of a judge to be deemed as a independant.

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  32. January 18, 2009 at 2:19 pm, Guest said:

    I am so happy I found these posts! I am going through Hell! My now ex-boyfriend and I got an apt together, and it just didn’t work out to put it nicely. After being “approved” to remain on the lease myself, I signed to release him and demanded that he leave me and the apartment immediately. He fought to stay (just to create drama), and the mangagement informed us both that once the Roommate relaese was signed, he would be free of all responsibility and I would have to sign a new lease. I never did. I have just continued paying rent every month like normal. Now I am more than ready to get as far away from this complex as I can. They have a mice infestation and I am paying entirely too much money a month to live with rodents. They have run me in circles, and I have reached my breaking point. I found a new place that is ready for me immed, but the complex is ignoring my calls, and constantly making up excuses not to be able to speak with me when I visit the office. Is there any clause or chance that I will be able to get out of the lease without having to pay 5 months rent at the market value for the remainder of the lease? Also, because there is technically no new lease that I’ve signed can I truly walk away scott free? I strongly recommend no one moving into this infested complex that presents itself as an up-scale community! (Kennesaw, GA)

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  33. March 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm, Red said:

    I recently rented a 2 bedroom apartment in Chicago. I plan on having my boyfriend move in shortly after I take possession of the apartment. I’m the only person on the lease, but in my application for the apartment that was used for the credit/background check, I did list the boyfriend as an occupant in the apartment.

    Is there a way to add another adult to a lease, but not have them be a responsible party? Sort of like a child on a lease?

    I am the only one financially responsible for the apartment, but I would like my partner to have full access to building like me. I would have put him on the lease to begin with, but wasn’t sure what the apartment agency would do with one person having an awesome credit report and the other co-applicant a dismal credit score with a previous eviction.

    Suggestions?

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  34. March 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm, loves purple said:

    Hello i hope someone can help me…..i had a roomate that lived with me, and me and my boyfriend got serious and he (the roommate) moved out (with) the leasing office oking it..my boyfriend signed a PRE-lease to start a new yr but moved out on me..before it was a full blown lease and i had fees do it cause i couldnt keep it on my own..can i sue if i have documents?

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  35. May 05, 2009 at 2:45 pm, Wondering....... said:

    I share an apartment with my cousin. He never added me to the lease & now would like to move out. Will it be an issue to add me the lease & I can keep the apartment? My credit is horribel.

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  36. May 05, 2009 at 4:49 pm, Jordan said:

    Hey this is a great thing for me to find.
    The story is that My girlfriend and I are moving in together I am 18 and just recently got a credit card, to build my credit. When we first got the lease I didnt get a good score since I didnt have one, but she got on the lease and I was told to try the application before the move in date, we try again and my credit still hasnt kicked in it would take another month or so to be a perfect score. The problem is that we dont know if I can be added to the lease before the move in date or even after the move in date, all this talk about rising the rent is scary, us both being poor college kids. We are trying to get a co-signer but the real issue is that we cant get in touch with the landlord. Please if anyone knows anything. ramen@rakunko-net.atspace.com

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  37. February 04, 2010 at 3:51 am, rene said:

    I just renting an apartment my boyfriend want to move in with me but does he really have to go through the whole background check

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  38. July 26, 2011 at 12:34 am, Narendra said:

    We have taken a 2 bhk apartment on rent. The lease agreement is in the name of one of the roommate. The leasing office knows that the 3 people are staying in the apartment. I will be staying in the apartment for 6-8 months max.After that I will take a new apartment on lease in my name.
    So, can you please let me know, is there any advantage or disadvantage of entering the name in the current lease agreement.
    What will be the process and the cost for entering the name in the lease agreemnt?

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  39. October 14, 2011 at 5:49 am, fifi said:

    I am having a difficult time and need help here. My roommate independently signed his lease and we became roomates four months later. being above 18years, i was added to the lease as an occupant. i directly gave him all my rental dues (rents, bills). A few months later we were filed an evictin notice because aparebtly he didnt pay rents even though i had given him my part. i moved out of the aparment and he too. i will like to know if this irresponsible act of his will affect my credit history even though i was just an occupant added to the lease. I am deeply worried becaus if he doesn;t make the payments and a report sent to the credit bureau, my credit history will be stained

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  40. March 07, 2013 at 1:04 pm, Guest0721 said:

    Well this is not exactly about adding a roommate, but I can’t really find anything relevant to my situation.

    My husband and I are renting a one bedroom apartment that we really like. In our agreement, it talks about how only the people listed on the rental agreement can live there, but I’m 5 months pregnant. We haven’t told our landlord yet, as I guess I am just worried about what she will say. You are supposed to get prior written approval for adding another person to the apartment, so I am assuming this applies for having a baby?

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  41. December 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm, David said:

    Hi, me and my roommate just rented a house in San Bruno, CA we agreed to pay $3200. In the addendum to the lease we put the option to add two additional roommates and the ability to interchange roommates if needed, with owner approval of credit check and background check. We recently found out that the owner has no intention to adding more roommates to our house and being denying all our applicant for no reason. now she is saying she will raise the rent by 10% for extra wear and tear. one can she do that? even though there is no mention of increase rent on lease or previous conversation. Can I break the lease because of financial hardship by her constant denials of applicants?

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  42. January 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm, Help with roommate please said:

    me and my wife moved in to an apartment around april of last year. a few months later around july or august her friend had moved back from another state and had no place to live so we took her in with the expectation of her helping around the house and buying her own food and paying her share of the rent. we gave her a few months to get some money saved before paying rent as well. a few months ago she bought a dog my wife felt obligated to approve this sense she does pay rent. the landlord soon found out and put a notice on our door saying to either get approval for the dog or legal action would be taken. the roommate than got a doctors note for the dog but it would not matter since she is not on the lease. so she went and got herself added the landlord asked us if she was living with us and i of course did not want to lie so i said yes and she was than added. but her dog is still not trained and constantly is relieving itself in the house is always barking when she’s gone and she blatantly has no respect for anything. her room smells terrible and she is constantly bringing drunk people from the bar home and we are tired of it and want her out. can i legally kick her out? i am giving her until march which is roughly a month and a half which is obviously plenty of time. provided that she does comply and move out i would like her to remain on the lease for any damage we would have to pay for from her dog but at the same time i don’t want her thinking she can come back later if she finds out I’m not legally allowed to kick her out. probability 2 is that she puts up a fight and refuses to move out and even worse decides to quit paying rent as well.
    what should i do and what can i do would like both options please thanks for any help.

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