I recently graduated the CUP business program and have been called frequently to advise friends on their leases per my education. I have seen some interesting things written into some students leases. Now I have to disclose the fact that I dont think that all lease concessions that wouldnt stand up in court are not all bad. As a property owner myself I like to think I am more pro landlord than pro leasee. HOWEVER there is a line between protecting your property and exploiting students.
Case and point:
I recently looked over a lease from a student who is living in a 2 bdrm apt as a single tenant. ie she is only paying 1/2 the full rent on the place since she is the only occupant. There is a clause in the lease that states she may only have overnight guests for a limited amount of time and they need to be registered through the office.
At first glance:
I think that this would be a concession I would probably put in a lease of mine. Only to discourage subletting or people living in my properties without paying rent.
In my example I have a girl living in a 2 bdrm apt. The second room is a converted living room (2 couches and a TV) and the living room/kitchen is a kitchen/office. The girl has a BF that is in the military and has recently been able to spend a significant amount of time with her as he is inbetween deployments. Ron Corcetti has taken it upon himself to charge her $1650 for a second roommate for the spring semester after seeing the bf's truck there frequently. Even though the guy only has a duffle bag and comes and goes.
HERE ARE YOUR RIGHTS!!
As a leaseholder you are entitled to something called 'quiet enjoyment' of the property you are residing. That means that you may have whomever you please there as many times as you wish as long as they are not 'moved in'. Thats the long and short of it!
Ron Corcetti knows he cannot enforce the bill for $1650 but there is nothing that says that he cant try. I bet many girls that do not have access to someone that knows the law have paid such bills. Its unfortunate that landlords like this exist and exploit young college people.