TIP OF THE MONTH - May 2014
GETTING THE LANDLORD’S APPROVAL
Source: Renter’s Rights-2nd Edition
By Attorney Janet Portman & Marcia Stewart
will not choose to live with someone who is financially unstable or
inconsiderate. Even if you are satisfied with a prospective
roommate’s resume, your Landlord might not be. There are a number
of reasons a Landlord might object to your chosen roommate, even if you
have chosen someone who seems responsible and trustworthy. To
increase your chances of an official okay, consider the following
Will adding a roommate exceed the occupancy limit? Landlord’s are
entitled to set reasonable limits on the number of occupants per rental
unit. (See June 2014 Tip of the Month)
Will the new tenant meet the Landlord’s “good tenant” criteria?
If your Landlord subjected you to a thorough screening process,
checking credit, employment, rental history and references, put
yourself in your Landlord’s loafers and do the same for your
prospective roommate. If the results are dismal, don’t waste your
time further. If there is a “smallish skeleton” in the closet, do
your best to prepare a plausible explanation.
Adding a roommate to the lease or rental agreement. If your intended
roommate passes your Landlord’s credit and background checks, the
Landlord will probably ask both of you to sign a new lease or written
month-to-month agreement. From your Landlord’s point of view,
this is far more than a formality, since it makes the new arrival a
co-tenant who is 100% liable to pay rent and make good on any
damage. It is also desirable from your perspective, because it
makes it completely clear that your new roommate shares the same legal
responsibilities that you do.
This web page was updated on 04/29/2014.