I am currently a co-tenant on a lease with two other tenants that extends for 6 more months. I have an interested subtenant whom I have put in touch with the building's management for their approval. They required him to pay an application fee of $50 to cover a background and credit check and also require proof of income and rental verification. He passed everything but the rental verification since apparently he has only been an informal subtenant at previous locations, and the building management cannot verify his rental history. He is a medical school student and seems to be very low risk. If I were to let him stay in my room informally, what would my potential liability be if the building management found out? Can they fine me while holding me to the lease? Would they evict everyone?
The answer to your inquiry lies within the 4 corners of your lease. Read it carefully and if you need further guidance, bring it to a landlord/tenant attorney for review.
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You might want to consult a tenant's rights attorney for assistance. The RLTO requires them to accept a reasonable subtenant, and somebody who has passed a background and credit check certainly sounds reasonable.
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