Stuck In Lease Can’t Afford

Uber gRtV35
Jul 12 27 Comments

We entered into a one year rental lease on verbal telling by property manager that we could add someone to the lease later if we wanted. This is what we did at our previously home. Gives us flexibility to bring in a roommate of our choosing. We moved in, unpacked and settled in. Then we searched for perfect person to rent the in-law. When we told the property manager, he now says sorry can’t do. Owner said no because subletting is not covered by his insurance and he won’t agree to add them to lease agreement. The monthly payment on our own is over our budget. Neighbors are good friends with the owner so can’t do this under the radar and definitely can’t Airbnb or do short terms. Any other suggestions?

TC 250k

Edit: the lease says no subleasing without owners approval and we went by what property manager said. But yea lesson learned, we should have gotten the ok in writing. Moving is extremely stressful and more expensive so trying to avoid the option of breaking lease and moving :(

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  • Google NSFW4
    Just stop paying rent. They'll negotiate real fast. Will take a long time to evict you
    Jul 12 15
    • Facebook beam@home
      Oh I was taught that credit score in America is a big thing since we FOTB, until I read this thread today. #TIL
      Jul 14
    • New / Other
      DuQvV7y

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      DuQvV7ymore
      Umm, yes it is.

      I don’t recommend acting on this thread in your everyday life.
      Jul 14
    • Cisco VKFU58
      You have no idea what you are talking about. It does not work the same in CA as IN. Try talking to some CA landlords before you make claims of how easy it is to evict and collect against someone.
      Jul 14
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      DuQvV7ymore
      I just listed the CA process above in a flowchart.

      What part of the document are you claiming is incorrect?

      While many wish to believe otherwise, CA laws are not entirely unmoored from the rest of the country.
      Jul 14
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      DuQvV7y

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      Jul 15
  • General Atomics cardiolo
    Always get shit in writing
    Jul 12 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Don’t buy stuff you can’t afford!
    Jul 12 0
  • Facebook vDqN33
    IANAL If you’re in California, your liability is limited to the loss suffered by the landlord if you break your lease early. So if you can find someone to take over your lease or they can find someone to replace you, you would just be responsible for any gaps in rent or advertising costs.
    Jul 12 1
    • Airbnb AirEvrywhr
      This ^. As long as you can find someone to take over your lease (post it on Craigslist , your company board etc and give a discount to make it appealing ), they will allow it.
      If not, you can try Airbnb and that would cover more than you would hope.
      If renter doesn’t allow Airbnb , have them evict you as that what you anyways want without any penalty.
      Jul 15
  • ezCater / Other wobbl
    If you are in CA, many cities in the Bay Area have laws on the books that override lease clauses & give you the right to sublet (at least in roommate situations). Look into subletting laws for whatever city you are in. As an example, in SF a landlord cannot refuse a reasonable request to sublet and cannot evict you if you choose to sublet, regardless of what your lease says.
    Jul 12 0
  • Akuna Capital / R&D 3-SAT
    What if offer to buy your own insurance?
    Jul 12 1
    • Uber gRtV35
      OP
      We already have our own renters insurance. Do you know of any other insurance we could get that could alleviate any concerns?
      Jul 12
  • Twitch d mifflin
    Ask to speak directly to the owner and tell the owner what happened. Plea your case and don’t let them know you work at Uber.
    Jul 12 0
  • Facebook public2
    Lease dictates the show so read and see if you can pay to break it or potentially negate to start a new lease with more people.
    Jul 12 0
  • New / Eng h7j8
    If you threaten to break the lease they might change their tune. But you really gotta get that stuff in writing
    Jul 12 0
  • New Nopee
    Just break the lease (by paying the penalty) and get out of it?
    Jul 12 0