Landlord can demand that subletter sign lease

Joint lease provides better protection for tenants than verbal agreement

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Q: Last year I moved into my friend's apartment after receiving verbal approval from the landlord. My friend is on a one-year lease that prohibits subletting without written consent. Now the landlord is demanding I fill out a rental application, provide references and sign the lease. The weird thing is that the lease the landlord presented to me is for the full amount of the rent -- not just my half -- and it prohibits me from having a new roommate! The landlord says she will make a verbal exception and allow us to stay, but she still wants me to agree to her "no subletting" policy in writing. Her rationale is that if my roommate leaves, I may still remain, and she doesn't want to deal with new roommates in the future. Every month there seems to be a new crisis with this landlord (the latest issue is regarding utilities and the method of payment) so I don't want to sign the lease. I also don't want to give her $30 to run a credit check or provide any of my inf...