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Ask Curbed: Does Rent Control Account for Cohabitation?

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A reader in the throes of young love needs to understand how cohabitating with his boyfriend affects a rent-controlled lease:

"I have a question that hopefully your readers can help me with. I'm moving in to my boyfriend's rent controlled, Silver Lake apartment but we are unsure if we should notify his landlady about it. His lease states the occupancy as one person so we are worried that if we notify her she will hike the rent up beyond the allowable percentage. Does adding a second person to a rent-controlled lease allow the owner to break rent controlled prices? We understand if the price went up a bit, but we are mostly worried that adding me to the lease will break his lease agreement. Help!" · Ask Curbed: I Can Has Rent Increaz? [Curbed LA]