Can my landlord make my boyfriend move out?

I am the sole leaseholder on my unit. My boyfriend recently moved in and now the landlord wants him to fill out an application for residency. He must be approved according to the same criteria I did when I moved in. He has bad credit and probably won’t get approved. There is no clause in the lease against him moving in, only against me transferring the lease (subletting) without permission. The clause states if I transfer the lease, I am still responsible for rent. Can my landlord make him leave even though I am financially responsible for the rent?

Asked on February 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are wise to have carefully read your lease for the rental that you have. If the lease has no provision against another person living in the unit, then your landlord cannot legally keep your boyfriend from living there so long as you are current in your rent. Your boyfriend is not required to fill out any paper work as well.

Had you gotten married, your landlord could not prevent your husband from living in the rental that you have.

 


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