Jersey City, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: I live in NY. A friend of mine has asked that I sign a lease agreement with her as a co-signer. Can I create a separate

contract between my friend and me, essentially saying that if she fails to pay her portion of rent and I am on the hook for the entire rent to the landlord, then my friend promises to indemnify me? Are these types of side contracts legal?

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3 Lawyer Answers
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Being a tenant does not prevent you from entering into legal contracts with your roommate.

Walter Sage Jennings agrees with this answer

Walter Sage Jennings
Walter Sage Jennings
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: These types of contracts are legal as long as both parties have signed.

Walter Sage Jennings
Walter Sage Jennings
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: there is nothing about making such an agreement and it should be enforceable. in court

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