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    cap911 is offline Junior Member
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    Just married, landlord refused to allow spouse on the lease

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Indiana

    I was just married last week, and I went to my landlord to add my spouse on to the lease. She was refused due to work history, and according to the lease anyone not named on it is considered a guest. Guests are only allowed to stay 7 days without written permission.

    What I wanted to know is there a way to break the lease because of this, or someway to get her onto the lease?

    Another thing I wanted to add is this is my third consecutive lease with these people, my first and third applications (third lease is just over a month old) showed less work history than her current application.
    The only work history they consider is time at current job, and I happened to apply twice while starting a new job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cap911 View Post
    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Indiana

    I was just married last week, and I went to my landlord to add my spouse on to the lease. She was refused due to work history, and according to the lease anyone not named on it is considered a guest. Guests are only allowed to stay 7 days without written permission.

    What I wanted to know is there a way to break the lease because of this, or someway to get her onto the lease?

    Another thing I wanted to add is this is my third consecutive lease with these people, my first and third applications (third lease is just over a month old) showed less work history than her current application.
    The only work history they consider is time at current job, and I happened to apply twice while starting a new job.
    If you knew you were going to be married, then why did you not address the issue of putting this additional person on the lease BEFORE you signed the new lease? If they weren't going to allow you to add this person to your lease, then you would have known not to sign the new lease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyclaus View Post
    If you knew you were going to be married, then why did you not address the issue of putting this additional person on the lease BEFORE you signed the new lease? If they weren't going to allow you to add this person to your lease, then you would have known not to sign the new lease.
    I had talked to the landlord about it before hand, she told me it would not be a problem to have someone added. But she quit between then and now and her replacement is far less helpful.

    But for the sake of argument, what would the difference be being 2 months into my lease and being 8 months as far this matter is concerned. Maybe it was a short engagement.
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    Is there a problem with her credit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aabbcc View Post
    Is there a problem with her credit?
    maybe lack of credit history, however the only reason they would cite was lack of work history, by which they meant, she hasn't had her current job long enough.
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    When You say " Landlord " are You saying that the property was sold to someone else and now You have a new landlord or do You mean property manager who runs the place ( who do you write rent checks to or whatever ? ) If it is just a property manager then there is someone above them which means you can talk to someone else. Marriage is a " life changing event " as far as I know, legally speaking. If you have a good standing record with them , You may be able to take care of this quickly
    I hope it all works out for You.
    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobs View Post
    When You say " Landlord " are You saying that the property was sold to someone else and now You have a new landlord or do You mean property manager who runs the place ( who do you write rent checks to or whatever ? ) If it is just a property manager then there is someone above them which means you can talk to someone else. Marriage is a " life changing event " as far as I know, legally speaking. If you have a good standing record with them , You may be able to take care of this quickly
    I hope it all works out for You.
    Good luck.
    Eh, ya I guess I mean property manager. She refused to let me talk to the owner.

    I guess I have to wait to see him around -_-
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    Quote Originally Posted by cap911 View Post
    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Indiana

    I was just married last week, and I went to my landlord to add my spouse on to the lease. She was refused due to work history, and according to the lease anyone not named on it is considered a guest. Guests are only allowed to stay 7 days without written permission.

    What I wanted to know is there a way to break the lease because of this, or someway to get her onto the lease?

    Another thing I wanted to add is this is my third consecutive lease with these people, my first and third applications (third lease is just over a month old) showed less work history than her current application.
    The only work history they consider is time at current job, and I happened to apply twice while starting a new job.
    How odd...

    Obviously you qualified for the lease on your own, all along. Even if your new spouse had bad credit I am totally confused about why your landlord would refuse to add your new spouse as at least an occupant, even if not an additional tenant. Its completely illogical.

    The landlord would have to know that it would lead to you needing to break your lease if your spouse couldn't live with you...and why would a landlord want to lose a long term tenant?

    Quite odd....
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    Quote Originally Posted by LdiJ View Post
    How odd...

    Obviously you qualified for the lease on your own, all along. Even if your new spouse had bad credit I am totally confused about why your landlord would refuse to add your new spouse as at least an occupant, even if not an additional tenant. Its completely illogical.

    The landlord would have to know that it would lead to you needing to break your lease if your spouse couldn't live with you...and why would a landlord want to lose a long term tenant?

    Quite odd....
    Well to be honest, I think its because my wife comes with a kid. The new property manager didn't seem to have a problem with putting her on the lease until she heard about that.

    I think I'll see if I can find someone to take over my lease, since I couldn't find anything on the internet that would legally help me in this situation

    Thanks for the help anyways!
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    The OP will ignore the max. of 7 days .. clearly. What's the LL going to do , try to evict? A judge would laugh at them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by startedone View Post
    The OP will ignore the max. of 7 days .. clearly. What's the LL going to do , try to evict? A judge would laugh at them.

    The judge would follow the law and allow the LL to evict them per statute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proserpina View Post
    The judge would follow the law and allow the LL to evict them per statute.
    No. The judge will tell the LL to work it out. Or AT WORST cancel the lease after 30 days & the OP will owe the LL nothing upon moving. There is no "law" that says a judge cannot do either.

    Plus the OP is living with her husband now ...

    Many folks are just fear-mongers....I give the straight dope on how judges rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by startedone View Post
    No. The judge will tell the LL to work it out. Or AT WORST cancel the lease after 30 days & the OP will owe the LL nothing upon moving. There is no "law" that says a judge cannot do either.

    Plus the OP is living with her husband now ...

    Many folks are just fear-mongers....I give the straight dope on how judges rule.




    You're going to guarantee that result for OP? Interesting.

    Let's see how that plays out, shall we?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proserpina View Post
    You're going to guarantee that result for OP? Interesting.

    Let's see how that plays out, shall we?

    Yet you claim to guarantee that they'll be booted out .... odd how the criss-cross works
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