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My tenants want to add another roommate (another tenant) I want to increase the rent as a result of additional wear and tear. Can I do this with just an amendment to the lease or do I have to sign a new leease? If so how do I terminate the current lease?
Russell Y, IA on Saturday, January 11, 2020
RE: New Tenant
you can do an amendment for the increase. Now are you adding the roommate to the lease? So they are your tenant or is the tenant going to deal with the roommate and collect their part of the rent(sublease). If you're going to let the tenant sublease you should still do a background check and you may want to help the tenant create their lease. If your adding the roommate to your lease I'd do a new one use a roommate addendum like the one on here. In the new lease you should just be able to add in the statement "all other leases/agreements are null and void."
Posted by Scott H, VA on Monday, January 13, 2020
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