Hi there. I have a question about my status as an apartment
tenant in Los Angeles in a rent controlled unit. My roommate
is moving out. I have a replacement roommate whom I want considered by my landlord. My landlord has told me "No." She'd rather I move out, along with my roommate. When I called to ask why she said she could make more money by putting the apartment back out on the market. She said she might consider allowing me to stay but would insist I sign a new lease with the new roommate at a higher price for rent.
But per the LA landlord/tenant handbook provided to me by the city's housing
and community investment department under code 151.06 G in a rent controlled apartment: "when two (2) tenants occupy a unit and one of the tenants vacates the unit and the
remaining tenant gets a replacement roommate, the replacement roommate does not
constitute an additional tenant. However, the landlord does have the right to approve
a new adult tenant. Approval cannot be unreasonably withheld."
I wrote an email to her informing her of this code and asked if she would consider the new roommate given the statute. And she will now not return my emails or calls. My roommate moves out in two weeks. And I will be on the hook for May rent. But I cannot have my replacement roommate move in without her approval as that would violate the lease agreement. What can I do?