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If you are the sole occupant of your unit, your landlord has the right upon your death to remove and store your personal property. Your landlord must turn over your property to the person designated by you (or if you have not yet designated someone, a person who is lawfully entitled to your property), but the landlord may require the person taking your property to sign an inventory. Your landlord may dispose of your property 30 days after sending notice by certified mail to your designated person to pick up your property if the designated person does not contact your landlord and does not take possession of your property.

If the landlord provides you a copy of the Property Code section gov- erning this matter and you fail to provide the required information, the landlord will not have any responsibility for your personal property after your death. If you give your landlord this information and you also give your landlord a copy of the appropriate Property Code section, your landlord will be liable for the actual damages that result from the failure to comply with these requirements.


Unless the lease allows it, a tenant may not sublet (rent the house or apartment to another person) without the written consent of the landlord. If a tenant sublets the house or apartment without the consent of the landlord, the landlord may evict the subtenant and sue both the subtenant and the original tenant for any damages caused by the subletting arrangement.

If the lease does permit you to sublet your place, subletting can still be complicated. Unless the subtenant and the landlord sign a lease agreement with each other, you will become the landlord of the new tenant. For example, your subtenant will have to request repairs to the apartment from you. You will then have to request the repairs from your landlord. Moreover, you remain liable to your landlord for the rent. So, if your subtenant stops paying rent, you will have to pay rent to your landlord and attempt to seek reimbursement from your subtenant. You will also be liable to your landlord for any damage done by your subtenant. If you must move out of your apartment, you should attempt to get your landlord and the person moving into your apartment to agree to a lease between each other. You should have your landlord release you in writing from any further liability under your lease. This will avoid the undesirable situation where you are stuck in the middle between your landlord and your subtenant.


You should also be careful about sharing a rental property with another tenant with whom you are not familiar. Even if both of your names are on the lease, the landlord will generally view you and your roommate as one tenant for the purposes of the lease, and each of you will be fully liable for the obligations under the lease, unless your lease specifies otherwise. For example, if your cotenant moves out of the premises,


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