Posted by: phillipsre | December 12, 2013

Looking To Add a Roommate? Check with your Landlord First

movingOne of the benefits of living in rental property is flexibility. Flexibility with your location and sometimes flexibility with your roommates. Changing roommates is a common occurrence among younger, more transient renters and often times when one roommate moves out the current tenant will be looking for a new tenant to take that spot. This seems like a logical switch, but in most lease situations this “roommate change” needs to be cleared by the landlord before any new tenant can move in. The new tenant will also need to be screened and have background checks, etc. just as the current tenant did at move in. This article from the Seattle Times, Rental Resource, has a lot of great information and guidelines to consider before switching tenants. Sean Martin from the Rental Housing Association of Washington has a lot of great tips that tenants need to remember prior to signing the lease and keep in mind when the time comes to add new tenants to the lease.

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