Putting girlfriend on the lease when she has already been living here
May 12, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
Girlfriend moved in with me in January. She's not on the lease. I am renewing the lease and want her to officially be on it. Will this cause a problem with the rental agency?
posted by kingoftonga86 to home & garden (16 answers total)
I currently rent a one-bedroom apartment in a larger apartment community. After growing frustration with living with her parents, the girlfriend moved in with me. It sort of sneaked up on both of us; there was no "official" move-in day, but gradually she found herself living here. Her mail now comes to this address, and when she got a new driver's license in April it was with this address as well.
I realize that I should have notified the apartment complex at some point. Now the lease is up for renewal, and I would like to have my girlfriend on the new lease as an official occupant. This would only require a criminal background check. However, I'm worried that at some point in the process the apartment complex will realize that she has been living here for the past five months, and possibly not take this very well. My lease prohibits having other residents in my apartment without permission, although it does not define "resident" or give a specific number of days someone is allowed to visit.
Should I come clean and confess everything? Should we just pretend like my girlfriend still lives with her family during the application process? Or am I worrying too much about this?