Adding a New Roommate

If you want to add a roommate, most landlords will insist that the new roommate become a cotenant rather than a subtenant. Why? Unlike subtenants, cotenants are subject to joint and several liability, which allows the landlord to demand the entire rent from the cotenant as well as you. If it’s up to you, on the other hand, in some situations you may want the newcomer to be a subtenant who rents from you and has no direct relationship with the landlord. For example, if you want to have the power to evict your new roommate, you’ll need to set up a subtenancy,or take in a roomer. Keep in mind that whether your roommate is a subtenant or a cotenant, you’ll need the consent of the landlord. â

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