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Re: Adding Occupant to Lease

Posted by Carlos Grau on September 09, 1997 at 17:07:07:

In Reply to: Adding Occupant to Lease posted by Steven Rinehart on September 09, 1997 at 10:05:45:

: I understand that a person living alone in a rent-stabilized apt. can
: share with an occupant (non-leaseholder) and that occupant's immediate
: family--say, wife and child. My question is this:
: If the leaseholder requests that the occupant be added to the lease,
: 1) is the landlord obligated in any way to do this?

No obligation on part of the landlord unless it's the prime tenant's spouse.

: can the landlord do anything worse than refuse?,

Not that I know, the situation would remain the same.

: and 2) if landlord agrees, is this a new lease, subject to an
: appropriate rent hike?

That's debateable. Most of the time I've seen this tenants wait
until the lease would renew automatically and then do it.

: concerned mainly about making things worse than better by offering
: this to the landlord.

There are other considerations. How will the existing security deposit
be split? If the occupant becomes a prime tenant, then obligations
exist with both parties (and the landlord). The landlord can make
either (or both) responsible for non-payment.

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