Tenant wants his brother to move in

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A young couple is applying to rent my investment property. One of them asked if their brother could also live there. We don't have a problem with that, but we obviously would like him to be contractually obligated to follow the rules of the lease even if he isn't financially obligated to pay rent to me. We also want to do a background check on them. Is there anything else we're overlooking, and has anyone ever dealt with a similar arrangement? 

TIA!

Screen every applicant who is over 18 and who is going to be living there. If approved, put them on the lease too so you have one more person to hold accountable if rent is ever not paid or there is any damage done to the property. 

Also, make sure your lease clearly states they’re all “jointly and severally liable” for the rent so you don’t have to get involved in any tenant drama about who paid their share and who didn’t. All you’re concerned with is that you receive the total rent due each month, regardless of which one of them actually pays it. 

Originally posted by @Kyle J. :

Screen every applicant who is over 18 and who is going to be living there. If approved, put them on the lease too so you have one more person to hold accountable if rent is ever not paid or there is any damage done to the property. 

Also, make sure your lease clearly states they’re all “jointly and severally liable” for the rent so you don’t have to get involved in any tenant drama about who paid their share and who didn’t. All you’re concerned with is that you receive the total rent due each month, regardless of which one of them actually pays it. 

 I like “jointly and severally liable”. I just added that to my master lease.

Make sure that you run credit and background checks on everyone and that each tenant is on the lease and responsible for the rent. If the brother’s credit check (or one of the other applicants) reveals an eviction or another red flag then I would decline all of the applicants because if u just deny one person they will likely sneak in the rejected potential tenant.

I suggest increasing the security deposit for an extra roommate as well.

@Nicole Heasley

I'll just have him sign a lease.

Not A lease, you have him sign THE lease. One lease for all three tenants if they all pass screening. My guess is th ebrother will never pass screening.

You got it covered pretty good.

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