If you live in unregulated housing, then you're probably allowed to charge a subtenant or a roommate extra for their monthly rent. Common scenarios for charging more rent are:
- You left furniture or appliances in the rental that make the rental worth more
- You are including the cost of internet or electricity in the cost of the rent
- Market rates have increased since you signed your lease, and there is demand for your room or apartment at a higher price
The major exception is if you live in a rent-stabilized housing. In this case, you almost definitely cannot overcharge your subtenant—unless it's for an approved reason. For example, rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are given express permission to charge 10% over the monthly rent if the unit is furnished.1 In San Francisco, the rules are stricter: you are never allowed to charge more rent than the amount you are paying to the landlord.2
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