I entered a stipulated agreement with my landlord in January to avoid a jury trial. Part of the agreement is that I would adhere to the guidelines for bringing in new roommates and any changes must be done in writing. One of the problems that came up was the process for screening tenants. For the 12 months, I had lived there they had never required me to verify the IDs of new tenants in person and it did not say that on the lease agreement or the application instructions. Once I told them that I had a prospective roommate who was coming from out of state they said that they have to do so. When I questioned them as to why since that has never been a rule and asked them to show me where in the lease agreement it says that they refused. Keep in mind I had specifically said I would need to bring in new roommates to help me pay rent and could not afford it without them. I asked their lawyer who didn't respond after the plaintiff refused to tell me. In addition, the landlord intentionally post-postponed the appointment for the screening date until Monday which they knew was the day after I must pay and the people lost their screening money and I my home and livelyhood.
The only way to know anything likely to be definitive is to carefully review both your lease and the settlement agreement. Consider making an appointment with a landlord-tenant attorney to do the review. That said, the general rule is that a landlord has a right to require new tenants be screened before accepting them. Was screening part of the agreed upon guidelines you were to adhere to?
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