Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a NYC Real Estate
attorney here to assist you.
1) Your understanding is correct - as long as you continue to live in the apartment, you are not subletting or assigning your lease. The person that will be living with you will be your roommate
. NY rent stabilization laws expressly provide that anyone living in a rent stabilized apartment in NYC is allowed to have at least one roommate.
2) Subletting an apartment is not the same as sharing an apartment.
3) Yes - you are not allowed to charge more than one half of the rent that you are paying, unless your roommate's bedroom is furnished
, in which case you can add a 5% surcharge to your roommate's rent. (5% of half of the rent.)
4) Have that person get a copy of their credit report for you to look at. This will give you an indication of whether that person pays their bills. That person can get a free copy of their credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com.
5) Yes - but it will not help to get reference from his or her current landord - the reference must be from a previous landlord
6) It is not necessary to ask for ID.
7) You would also want to verify their source of income. If they are working, you want to see paystubs. It they are receiving retirement income, such as social security, you want to see their award letter.
I think this is what you wanted to know. If not, please let me know.