My husband and I will be moving into a new townhouse and will need to sign a lease together per landlord/leasing office. I do not want to move in with him and/or sign a lease. The landlord is saying that because we are legally married, I have to sign with my husband. This is supposed to take place this Friday the 25th. Do I have to sign the lease as well? If I do sign the lease? How can I take my name off of the lease? We've been in a volatile relationship for 14 years, married for 12 this year, 2019. I really don't want to make this move with him, specifically signing a lease. What are my options? I am also a very POOR human service worker without a lot of supportive/monetary support/assistance. The husband makes 3 times more than I do and says he's always broke.
The claim that you must sign the lease because you are married is incorrect. That said, the landlord determines the requirements and you either agree to the requirements or they may refuse to rent to you two. So feel free to refuse on Friday and the landlord may then tell you that they will not lease the property to you.
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