How to Add a Roommate to a Lease

Whether it's finding a new roommate to move in so you can save some money, or having a boyfriend or girlfriend move in, getting a roommate added to a lease is something you want to check with your landlord about before letting the new person move in.

Most landlords will insist that the new roommate become a co-tenant, and will have the same rights and responsibilities as you do.

Getting Approval


Let's assume that you've already found a roommate who is compatible with you and is financially stable enough to share in the rent.

Your landlord may still want to do a background check on the new roommate, because the landlord's list of qualifications may be higher or different than yours.