If you’re like most tenants, you’ve got one roommate or more. And chances are that the names on your mailbox will change at least once before you, too, move on. Unfortunately, many landlords aren’t as flexible as you would like when it comes to adding new roommates or letting others out of a lease.â
When two or more people sign the same rental agreement or lease—or enter into the same oral rental agreement—they are cotenants and share the same legal rights and responsibilities. This legal principle, known as “joint and several liability,” has enormous implications for cotenants.
All too frequently, living arrangements that look promising when you’re just friends turn into disasters when you become housemates. Maybe it’s the gym bag dumped on the kitchen table every evening, the inconsiderate parties on work nights, or the “occasional girlfriend” who turns out to be a
It depends on what your lease or rental agreement says. Most require tenants to request landlord permission to sublet or bring in a subtenant. Even if you don’t collect rent from your housesitter (in fact, you might even be paying someone to stay in your apartment and dog sit for you), that person
Signing a rental agreement or a lease is an important part of renting a home. It establishes that both you and your landlord are liable for a set of rules, such as when and how a landlord may enter the rental unit and how much notice each party must give to terminate the agreement. Your lease or rental