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BlueHouse

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Additional tenant. Should I add to lease?
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:18:06 AM »
My tenant has asked if his GF can move in.  I don't have a problem with it -- he's pretty responsible.  Probably means that they'll move out after the lease is up though. 
Do I just need to modify the lease and have her sign onto it?  (as in hand write her name and then have her sign...even though they're different dates and everything?)

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Re: Additional tenant. Should I add to lease?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 10:29:11 AM »
Do they want her to be named on the lease, and legally responsible for rent payments?

Our rental unit has been rented by the same person for years; there has sometimes been a GF living there, and sometimes not. While the GF hasn't been named on the lease (or responsible for rent), we've had a clear statement in the lease that [GF name] is an allowed occupant of the premises. We've always updated this at lease renewal time and had it be a part of the main lease, but it seems like an easy thing to just write up a one-page agreement for and both sign (rather than amending the actual lease)?

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Re: Additional tenant. Should I add to lease?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 10:30:31 AM »
She should be vetted as you would any other new tenant.  Credit, criminal, job/income verification.  Once she passes, add her in an addendum.


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Re: Additional tenant. Should I add to lease?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 04:00:23 PM »
What @Another Reader said.

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Re: Additional tenant. Should I add to lease?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 05:30:52 AM »
If they split up and she's not on the lease, she's out. If they split up and she's on the lease she still has a place to live, provided she can afford the rent. If I was the GF, I'd insist on it, for my own protection. Vet, as AR wisely suggests, then decide what you want to do. BTW, your lease should have a clause that no one else can move in without your approval.

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Re: Additional tenant. Should I add to lease?
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 09:19:32 AM »
You have to know the laws in your area to know if this is a good idea.

Are you in rent-control territory? Adding her to the lease might entitle her to low rent even if he moves out.

Do you have a no-subletting clause in the lease? Letting him sublet to her (her not on lease) in a non-careful way may void this.

Do you want to be legally responsible to her as a landlord? Do you want her to be responsible to you for rent?