Blog Leasing Questions. Last Updated on July 20, This question is asked a fair amount in our Facebook Group and it can get confusing with the different variables including age, state laws, co-signers, etc. A child is considered anyone under the age of 18 in the United States.
A landlord usually requires that everyone who is living in a rental unit be named on the lease agreement. Landlords have the right to know how many people are living in the rental unit and who is living in it. This information is important to ensuring the Minimum Housing and Health Standards are met, and that both landlords and tenants can fully exercise their rights if either breaches their legal obligations. For example, if a lease agreement gives a tenant the ability to end a periodic tenancy with a shorter notice period or requires a tenant to shovel the sidewalks, a tenant who has not signed the agreement may not get the benefit of the shorter notice period but also may not be held responsible for failing to shovel. Depending on the circumstances, the person may have to leave within 48 hours or 14 days. See also: Notice to Vacate.
Already a Member? Tenants sign a contract containing terms that bind them to certain obligations under the lease. The lease agreement is between the landlord and tenant only.
Anne Peterson is a syndicated columnist who answers questions about apartment living and renting. Dear Anne: You recently answered a query about current tenants letting people move in with them and the landlord's rights in that situation. I manage a number of properties, and our policy is that any person over 18 years who comes to live with the original resident goes through the same application process as they did. If the original resident is going to be solely responsible for the rent, we waive the credit check but do a criminal background check.