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I sublet. How can I become an "implicit" tenant?

Posted by Andris Vitols on May 20, 1997 at 19:22:40:

I live in San Francisco, CA. I sublet a room from a friend in a house.
At one point in time my friend had a signed lease. The agreement expired
2 years ago and we live there month to month. I am concerned that if my
friend ever moves out the landlord will tell me to take a hike so she can
raise the rent. (SF has rent control) My first tactic was to ask my
friend if I could start writing the rent checks, it's my understanding
that if she accepted checks from me on a regular basis I would be an
"implied tenant." She returned the check immediately. My second idea
would be to get the water, phone, garbage and utility bills under my
name. Would that hold up in a court that I was an "implied" tenant at
that address. As is stands now, I write a check to my friend and then
he writes a single large check to her for both our rents. ANY suggestions
are welcomed.

(I prefer email directly to

Thank you,


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