It is clear and supported by case law that a unilateral change requiring insurance in a residential, rent controlled, lease can be defeated in court.
In the past several months I’ve received many more calls from tenants about late fees and rent payment methods, leading me to believe that some landlord “working group” decided to focus on this method of tenant harassment.
A Rule of Seven, if it existed, would be a stupid, vindictive and financially unsound practice that could only be justified by ignorant superstition, evidence that some landlords have SPOOKS in their brains.
You are not responsible for finding another tenant. That’s the landlord’s job! If he doesn’t try to find another tenant he is not mitigating his damages.
Any refusal to rent to your domestic partner based on a debt is a refusal based upon credit worthiness–an unreasonable refusal.
When a tenant breaches a lease, in this case by moving out before the end of the term, a landlord suffers damages.