Re: New Lease if Ex Moves Out Need to Know My Rights
did you have permission to make those "improvements"? If not, the landlord can seek the cost of returning the apartment to its prior condition as damages. What a tenant often sees as an improvement is not seen the same by the landlord.
If I did trash the place, which is highly unlikely since I have made several major improvemnts to the apartment (such as adding plumbing for a washer/dryer),
In fact, since you mention plumbing: are you a licensed plumber? Did you have a licensed plumber do the work? Did you obtain a permit?
If you did not comply with the law, you might have caused a lot of problems for the landlord.
Your "binding" agreement would not be binding on the landlord. He could still go after her for damages.
If I wanted to perpetuate a scam, I could just leave her name on the lease and come to a seperate binding ageement with her to relinquish all claims on the apartment.
I cannot find much on the rules of rent leveling in your area. I did find this a bit humorous:
I guess there are no FAQ's on the topic.
if nobody else comes up with anything, a call to the Rent Leveling Office would likely provide the answers you seek.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.