Should I Ask My Landlord If My Boyfriend Can Move In?

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Q: My boyfriend and I would really like to live together when his lease ends in 6 months (ideally we'd live together now, but work commitments in different cities mean we can't yet). I've just found a great apartment, with a 12 month lease, and I'm hoping to stay here for at least a couple of years. Friends have suggested that he just quietly move in, and hope the other tenants don't mention it to the landlord, but I'm worried about getting caught and losing the apartment, and any chance of a good reference:

So, my question is, would you ask, or would you risk it? And if you would ask, do you have any tips for how to present my case so that he might be on my side, or any experience with reasons landlords have said no that I could take steps to avoid? (For example, doing our best to be a model tenant in the mean time, and making sure my boyfriend gets on with the other tenants).

I'd really appreciate any suggestions!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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