We said last week that if the Burbank City Council was truly sincere about wanting to both increase the number of available rental opportunities in town and keep what we have more affordable to the majority of our working tenants — as well as respond to the needs of the type of employees who are being attracted to the area’s current job opportunities — they would go out of their way to require ALL Burbank landlords to accept at least one “roommate” type tenant onto their existing leases.
This is the kind of law New York City has — we call it a “mandatory roommate allowance” — and it works fabulously. The landlords aren’t allowed to vet or discriminate against the tenant’s choice of co-habitant; the leaseholder is still required to maintain full responsibility on the terms of their contract; the landlord can’t retaliate against the leaseholder by raising the rent on them to try to edge in on the deal and cancel the financial advantages of having a roommate; and everybody stays peaceful.
Even better, people are encouraged to actively find someone to help out with the rent! And the amount of available and affordable rental space in town more than doubles. It’s a win-win for everyone who counts, and the landlords — squawk as they might about it, as they do about everything — don’t get hurt by the deal. It’s been proven in NYC.
The Burbank Landlord-Tenant Commission has this little factoid in their 20-Question brochure. Why is this still the case in Burbank?
2. What is a sublease?
A sub-lease is a separate rental agreement between the original tenant and a new tenant who may move-in temporarily, or someone who moves in with the original tenant and shares the rent. In most leases, a sub-lease is not allowed. Tenants should check their lease before entering into a sub-lease as a landlord has the authority to evict anyone that claims to have a sub-lease that is not allowed by a lease. If a sub-lease is allowed and executed, the original tenant is still solely responsible for paying the rent to the landlord (CA Handbook pages 35-36).
Subleases should be allowed in Burbank. Not just landlord-vetted co-tenants. This is the 21st century “gig economy” we’re living in — young people especially can no longer find nor afford their own leaseholder apartments.