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roommate rules

Posted by Jen on January 23, 2002 at 12:02:07:

Can anyone explain the legalities here:

I rented an apartment (not regulated) in NYC two months ago. I told the managing agent I would be living there with two other roommates. The three of us met her. The agent and I agreed that I would be the only one on the lease. The lease does state however that only persons named on it can occupy the apt. (is says a few other things that seem illegal or were clearly not to be the case and it is a form for a 2-5 unit building while this is a 25 unit bldg.) So obviously the agent knew that part of the lease was not going to be fulfilled when she met us and when I signed. Now we have two additional roommates, a total of five, one happens to be my domestic partner. Can she object if she were to find out? Should I send a letter with all our names? We will be paying the rent and all, and she may never find out anyway...what to do?

Thanks for any help.

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