We just started a lease in January with a young lady and her good friend from work. A few months later she told me she's married, he lives 6 hours away and she wants him on the lease. I gave her my standard response, "Each renter needs to complete an application (with application fee) and be background-checked, etc." So yes, we would go ahead. She said, "I hope you won't be needing a social security or other typical information, because he's a Guyanese citizen.
She said they've been working on his visa/green card with their marriage a few months before covid and "we just want to finally start building our life together and work toward a future but it all starts with us on a lease alongside our marriage license."
It appears he will remain 6 hours away and not be living in our property, and I don't believe they talk very often.
She knew when she moved in that she wanted to add him to the lease, but didn't discuss this with us. I asked her why he didn't apply to be on the lease with her back in January. She responded, "My roommate and I just were excited to move in and I thought it easiest to just add him afterwards."
This causes me to wonder why she kept it a secret.
I'm guessing it's an arrangement. He pays her big money and she agrees to marry him to help him become a U.S. citizen. I don't want to be involved in this. I just want to make sure I do everything properly and legally. Part of that is knowing WHO HE IS. How can I do that if he's from somewhere else and doesn't have much history here? Supposedly he worked for Disney Cruise Lines as a bartender before covid. You might think that I could count on Disney to check him out, but after the recent arrests of 4 Disney employees for underage sex trafficking in Orlando, I can't rely on Disney to properly screen people.
How would ya'll handle this?