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Re: The old folks home

Posted by stan on November 11, 1997 at 16:27:35:

In Reply to: Re: The old folks home posted by Meghan on November 04, 1997 at 11:56:21:

: Hi,

: Thanks so much for the speedy reply..but a few more questions:
: 1)You suggested that I be careful because this could be a "case of non-primary residences"..
: what does that mean? And what should I be careful about?
: 2)How do you, or can you, establish non-traditional family status? In this instance, Pauline has one son (from whom she is
: estranged) & a granddaughter that she never sees. I, along with a neighbor, are really her family.
: 3)You mentioned not jeopardizing Pauline's status..what do you mean? Maybe I wasn't clear -- she is in the home for good & I pay
: the entire rent. Basically, I give the $$ to the neighbor (who has always handled Pauline's finances) & she writes a check from Pauline.

: Thanks again,
: meghan

I agree with Tenantnet that you havent a prayer of getting the lease continued in your name, as you are not a relative and the rules on nontraditional families are strict (intermingled finances and so on).
However, I think (someone should correct if if Im wrong) the situation is that Pauline remains the tenant even though she is in the nursing home. And as the "tenant," with the apartment --not the nursing home-- her primary residence, you can be her "roommate."
Look at it this way--what if she gets better and returns from the nursing home? She has to have someplace to live. They cant just evict her as long as she's paying the rent, with the help of her "roommate.".
Best bet is to be low-key, try not to let the landlord know that Pauline is in the nursing home if he or she doesnt know just yet.

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