Dear PoP – tenant/roommate sublease question

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“Dear PoP,

I own my condo and rent out the second bedroom to my roommate. She expressed interests in subleasing her bedroom during the holidays for 3 weeks, which I was ok with initially, but then I remembered that I wasn’t going to be home either. So if she ends up subleasing to a complete stranger, that person is going to have the place to him/herself for at least 2 weeks. My condo is completely furnished with my stuff, not to mention I have all my personal information stored there. If anything gets stolen, what legal actions can I take? Would my roommate be responsible for replacing the stolen items, will condo insurance cover things like this? What are the steps I need to take to protect myself from liabilities (other than telling her no she can’t sublease)?”

Hmm, with concerns like this (which I think are valid) I probably wouldn’t permit a sublease for such a short term. But if you already said yes, not sure what can be done about it now. What do you guys think?

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