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Dear PoPville – Subletting Issue

by Prince Of Petworth August 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm 33 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

A friend of mine recently moved into an apartment. It’s a two bedroom and the other tenant had already been living there (not the owner). They are supposedly splitting the rent down the middle. The lease stated that there is a storage unit and a parking spot included as part of the lease. My friend was recently made aware that the other tenant has been renting out the parking spot (and likely the storage unit). My friend was surprised by this, and also how it implies that the other tenant receives hundreds of dollars income each month (after splitting the monthly rent 50-50), about which the other tenant was never forthright.

The lease agreement states that the rent is a lump sum that’s due to the owner, but does not stating splitting it evenly among the tenants. My friend will obviously discuss splitting this income, but should this fail in a resolution, are there any legal implications?”

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