We have lived in a Los Angeles, 90025 apartment under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) for 15 years. Our original lease states we cannot sublet the premises nor can we advertise to do so. These paragraphs seem to be in direct conflict with the RSO as the RSO says that we can substitute a tenant for our 4 children and that the landlord cannot increase the rent. We could file a complaint with the RSO Board but would rather not create an uncomfortable position for ourselves nor for our landlord. The RSO states that the approval of the landlord is required but that the approval cannot be unreasonably withheld. Shall we just write an agreement with the roommate to pay us without seeking the landlord's approval? If we do so, does he have grounds to evict us? Is what's above valid?
I am not up to speed on LA rent control laws, but you stated that L.L said "no" so how is it an option to not ask?
You need a paid consult with an attorney well versed in the RSO and have him write to the L.L that he shall not unreasonably withhold consent.
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