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Apt Share

Posted by Apt Share Question on July 10, 2001 at 17:13:58:

My new roommate is moving in with me in a month. I am the only person on the lease and the landlord doesn't want to know about me sharing/subleting the apt (but suggested that it would be wise to share the cost, off the record of course). Someone told me I can have one extra person living with me, so I don't think this would be a problem. I am not overcharging her since I am paying more than half the rent given that my room is bigger. What steps should I take in creating a lease between my friend and me? Can I just use a standard sublet agreement that says my roommate is bound by the same lease I am? Also, I put down a substantial amount of money to secure the apt since I didn't have a guarantor. So, I want to request 2-3 months deposit. Would that be considered excessive? also, would it be necessary to do a background check/credit check since I don't know her that well (assuming I am getting the 2-3 months security)? if so, where can I get one done and who usually pay for the cost?

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