Performing Background Checks and Adding Nonspouse to Lease
Q Is an owner violating the Rent Stabilization Code by doing a background check before adding someone to the lease agreement and/or before issuing keys? Also, is the owner allowed to charge a vacancy increase by adding someone to the lease other than the spouse?
A The answer to the first question is “no,” according to a DHCR opinion letter dated May 27, 2009, by Bruce Falbo. The answer to the second question is “yes.”