Can I take up a rental apartment using an alias?

Asked by Katie, New York, NY Fri Jun 8, 2012

I am looking to rent an apartment in New York and someone told me that the lease was a public document so if I didn't want my name and address to be to be available for everyone to see I should use a trust or alias. The alias sounds much easier but will the landlord accept it? Can anyone advise how I do this? Thanks

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Jenet Levy, Agent, New York, NY
Sat Jun 9, 2012
A lease is a legal document and should have your legal name. Using an alias would bind a non-existent person to the terms of a lease. So in answer to your question of if a landlord would accept it, the point of the lease is to bind you, not a fictitious person, to the terms of the lease. A lease is not a public document; it is a private contract. When people do not want their actual name attached to the the purchase of a property, they generally form an LLC and buy in that name. I haven't heard of this being done on a rental, but perhaps this may be an option to explore.

Jenet Levy
Halstead Property, LLC
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sat Jun 9, 2012
For any necessary legal information consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate; generally the lease is between you and your landlord...
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sat Jun 9, 2012
Usually no unless your landlord agrees. Some agreements are put into a realty trust orr LLC so one;s name is not on any public documents. leases though are usually between the landlord and the tenant and not public. When you purchase it is public....Simply ask teh landlord or check with a real estate attorney on local customs.
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