Moving in soon with Fiance :) Question about lease

posted 2 years ago in Boston
Post # 2
5169 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

This will depend on his actual lease rather than the state he rents in.  If he is already receiving complaints (plural) then I wouldn’t advise you to break the lease further, that will probably backfire on you.

No one here can really advise you until you know the actual terms of his lease. 

Post # 3
9321 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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springlilies28 :  if the landlord finds out that you’ve been living there without being on the lease that can be grounds for eviction. Particularly if he’s already an annoyance due to the music. Massachusetts is very tenant friendly, but still it isn’t worth the risk. He needs to read his lease re. adding a spouse to the lease. 

Also the rent is either going to go up or it isn’t. Whether you are a fiance or a wife has no bearing on that issue so just do it now. 

Post # 6
9321 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Also, what utilities does the rent cover? Even if it’s just water (unheated) a second person living there does increase utility usage. And wear and tear. They don’t just raise the rent for giggles – it’s because there is an added cost to them. 

Post # 7
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I was a property manager in South Carolina for 5 years, so your situation may vary. If we found out someone was residing in the apartment without being added to the lease as an occupant, we evicted them. We gave them the chance to comply, but it wasn’t about raising rent. It was about occupancy laws (only 2 people per bedroom) and also everyone over 18 was required to pass a background check. 

Save yourself the trouble and just be honest and don’t try to hide it. It could backfire in the long run. 

Post # 8
7803 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I guess I’m confused as to what marriage has to do with this? It’s 2 people living there. Married, not married, male, female, it doesnt really matter.

Why wait a month to be added to the lease? 

Post # 9
753 posts
Busy bee

Read through the lease agreement, I’m pretty sure that with any guest staying beyond a certain amount (24 hours for us) you have to let the landlord know. In this case it’s better to play it safe imo

Post # 10
8454 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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springlilies28 :  In most places, all adults living in the home have to be on the lease. It would be very odd for there to be any clause specifically about marriage. Landlords don’t care about your relationship status, they only care about knowing who lives in their property. Does his lease say the rent increases based on how many people are there? If so, I imagine the rent must include some utilities, which presumably would increase if more people are in the home. In any case, if he signed a lease saying he agrees to increased rent if someone moves in, then you can’t just move in and decide not to tell anyone because you don’t agree with that clause anymore (now that you are using it). Just do it on the up & up — tell the landlord, add yourself to the lease, and enjoy this exciting new stage. Congratulations!!

Post # 11
1730 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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springlilies28 :  I lived in Boston for 8 years (until about 6 months ago), and I’ve never come across rent changing, whether the apartment was for 1 person or 2 (even in apartments where utilities were included). My husband and I were both always on our leases, but the pricing was never increased from what was advertised in the listing (as in, it wouldn’t have been less if there was only 1 person living there).

The only thing I’d worry about is when your lease ends, as Boston landlords are infamous for implementing crazy rent hikes if they want to (especially if they want to get someone out).

I’d add yourself ASAP, just to keep things on the up and up. Massachusetts is  a very tenant-friendly state, so I wouldn’t worry too much about anything!

Post # 12
10220 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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springlilies28 :  

Look to the specific language in your lease, Bee.

You can also check with a landlord-tenant attorney too see if there are any city, county, or state statutes or ordinances that that would set limits on how much more the landlord can charge. 

I seriously doubt whether there is language in the lease that grants married tenants greater rights than unmarried.  Such a clause would be highly discriminatory and unenforceable.

If the unit was rented to one adult and then there are two adults, your SO is in breach of his lease.  The landlord’s available remedies will be spelled out in the lease.


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