Its an upstate NY apartment so the stabilization/control attributes of NYC do not apply. I know that under the so called "roommate law" that I'm allowed to have an occupant living with me, but landlord says that the only way he will "allow" it is if said person fills out their own rental application, gets screened, and is added to the lease with a raise in rent. He claims its due to additional usage of facilities and wear and tear. However it doesn't make sense to me because I pay for all of my own utilities (heat, electric and hot water) in addition to my rent. So basically what I'm asking is if that law prevents a landlord from raising rent while in a lease term or does it only allow a roommate but give the landlord leeway to increase rent due to the added person?