I am in Boston area and took a lease in a townhouse in somerville with 2 other roommates. I was married when I signed the lease and I informed the other roommates that I will be living with my spouse and the verbal agreement was that I will add my wife to the lease after she moves in and everyone agreed. My wife has moved in now and when i try to add her to the lease, one of my roommate has a problem saying that she doesn't want to live with couples. She is OK with my wife living here till the end of this lease but not OK to let us continue here with next lease term. The other roommate is perfectly fine with us staying. We have never created any nuisance or discomfort to the other roommates ever. Do I have any legal rights to say I cant move?
Legally your wife doesn't have to be part of the lease to stay with you. No one has to sign a new lease, but there is nothing that anyone can do here to force any other roommate to leave, you all have the same rights. If you can't agree on who can stay and who needs to go, and as a result don't sign a new lease, the landlord can evict EVERYONE or can let you continue without a lease.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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