Landlord can demand that subletter sign lease

Joint lease provides better protection for tenants than verbal agreement

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!