Harbor City, CA asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for California

Q: I just got an apt application approved and my girlfriend is on it with me. But she still has 3 months left on her lease

I want to make sure this isn't going to create any issues when signing the new lease. We are planning on just overlapping (her paying out the remains 3 months) her current lease because her current lease is cheaper because it is split between roommates she shares the apt with.

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William Stanger
William Stanger
  • San Jose, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Overlapping on leases like this is very common. As long as she's paying the due rent on both properties, it shouldn't be an issue. It's risky to try to pay out the remaining months' rent in a lump sum, however. Usually, the lease language does not differentiate between rent owed by one roommate versus another, and so if another roommate ends up short, the Landlord does not have to let your GF off the hook.

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