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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 1 month ago

Our landlord is trying to add a roommate to our lease without consent after one roommate left?

Five of us rented the house for $2k/month.  One of our roommates moved out so we started splitting the rent 4 ways instead of 5.  Our landlord informed us that he signed a lease with someone we don't even know to rent out the "extra room". 

I told him we weren't interested and we were splitting the rent without a 5th person.   He seems to think he gets to run it like a rooming house despite our lease.  The day the guy was supposed to move in, we put a security bar under the door and just refused to let the landlord or this guy in.  The police were called and they told the landlord they couldn't do anything about it.  They eventually left.  But the landlord wrote a letter tgat he was going to evict us for not letting him in.

At this point, if he tries to do anything further, could we just terminate pur lease and let him rent the one roomto this stranger instead of to us?  I'm so sick of this landlord's riduculous behavior I'm really close to knocking him out next time he comes over.

Update:

We have one lease for a year that all of us signed.  When our roommate left, the total amount owed didn't change, but each of us paid more. 

The landlord seems to think he can add someone and get extra rent instead of tge new roommate reducing our share.

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  • G R
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Did your 5th roommate move out at the end of the lease and you 4 renewed or did he move out in the middle of the lease?  If he moved out in the middle of the lease it is possible that the landlord is trying to sublease for the roommate who moved out for the remainder of the lease ( you understand)?

    Unless there is some special clause in your lease your landlord can't just up and move someone into your place.

  • 1 month ago

    Do you each have separate leases (ie each tenant has a direct lease with the landlord for the bedroom they rent), or are you all on one joint lease (ie all signatories together)?

    If you're on a joint lease, the landlord needs your written agreement to add a new tenant.

    If you're on separate leases, the landlord can re-rent the room under a new lease. 

    You can't deny the landlord entry if he's given 24 hours notice. 

  • 1 month ago

    With one lease that is illegal. A lease cannot be changed without the consent of ALL parties to the lease. 

  • 1 month ago

    If you want to remain in this house, then go see an attorney and have him write a cease and desist letter to your landlord--and one that emphasizes that he will need to give you more notice before attempting to enter your property. You are completely within your rights to keep him out--and to refuse to have a roommate that you don't want. Any leases he signs with anyone else would be illegal. But please call a lawyer to find out what your best course of action might be. 

    The lease is not for each ROOM it is for the entire place. You are complying with it. He can't evict you OR force someone else on you. 

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  • 1 month ago

    He cannot do that.  You have a lease for the entire premises, not room by room.  He cannot rent out a space you already rent.  You had no obligation to let him in if he did not give notice.  

  • 1 month ago

    Let him try to evict you. Tell the judge he is trying to impose an illegal unilateral change to the lease agreement. 

    First, write him a letter telling him exactly that - that as long as you pay the full rent, the place is yours and he has no legal right to move anyone else in. Tell him you will counter-sue and ask for punitive damages if he files for eviction.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    One contract you all signed and one amount of rent for the property,  then the landlord has no right to 'rent a room' especially as the contract with regards to rent owed is being paid............ but if you each signed an individual  contract then it is a 'rooming house'  although you say the four of you are paying for the other room, so why did the landlord need to get someone else to rent that room?

    So all depends on your contract..... only a court can evict and if you have a property contract, then the court will throw his application out

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No one here knows what your lease actually says.

    Do you have your own lease for your room or are all five of you on one lease?

  • R P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    My answer is for the USA:

    The answer depends on how the lease was written.  Are all of you on one lease? Or do each of you have your own lease?If you are all on one lease, the landlord cannot add someone without your consent.  If you all have your own leases, he can rent the open room to that other person.

    Regardless, you cannot simply terminate your lease without going through the legal process for your state.

    Source(s): FL landlord
  • 1 month ago

    Did you sign a single lease with all 5 of you on it (all 5 signed the same piece of paper)?  If you did this, then the landlord wouldn't even need to be told that one person moved out.

    Or did you each sign your own piece of paper?  If you signed your own piece of paper, then it is "like a rooming house". 

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