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<p>Our lease is written that there are 4 people living here... we moved in when I was pregnant with DD, and didn't tell him I was pregnant. After she was born, she spent the first 4 months in the hospital, but after that, he just added her to the lease. Our place is only 2 bedrooms, but code here allows for 5 people in a 2 bedroom, if one is a baby less than a year old, so that shouldn't be an issue. The question is, do we tell the landlord before the baby is born? (we're also planning a homebirth, but IMO that's none of his business!)</p>
 

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<p>I don't think it's any of your landlord's business until after the baby is born. I can't believe there is a code that states how many children you can have living in an apt. What do people do if they can't afford anything larger?</p>
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<p>It's hard on families with children, but at the same time its the apartment company's way to avoid having too many unrelated people sharing one apartment.  I lived in one apartment complex that said each child over the age of two had to have their own room.  5 people in a 2 bedroom sounds pretty good to me.</p>
 

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<p>We live in a duplex with a private landlord, but I think it's a city code that you can't have more than 2 people per bedroom (with babies less than a year excluded). I'm hoping he just won't care, we will fit just fine and we aren't especially worried about it, so I hope he won't be either...</p>
 

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<p>Usually private landlords don't care about those laws as much as apartment complexes.  I'd probably tell him, but not until after the baby is born, unless you really think you won't be able to afford something larger after the new baby reaches a year old and he might really care about it.  Does he come around often?  With our last landlord, she would have never known how many kids we had, she was very uninvolved, which was good and bad.  And I agree that homebirth is not the landlords business, I wouldn't tell them that.</p>
 

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<p>I think he drives by on a regular basis (we live right off a main road so it would be on his way home from lots of places), but he's really never around.</p>
 

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<p>I would tell him after the baby is born. You are a single person until then :)</p>
<p>Are you planning on getting a bigger place now that your family is bigger? If you are just going to finish your lease and move to a bigger place, I don't think I would tell him at all. You will be gone before it matters to him.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>serenityjewell</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280750/would-you-tell-your-landlord#post_16061655"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I can't believe there is a code that states how many children you can have living in an apt. What do people do if they can't afford anything larger?</p>
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<br><br><p>There are all kinds of rules about what conditions you can and can't have children in. I think 5 in a 2 bedroom house is very uh... (preggo brain) nice? good? Around here, it's always 2/room. You won't find a place where you can have more than 2 people in a 1BR or 4 people in a 2BR.</p>
 

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<p>We will probably move at some point, if DH can get a job that we can afford a bigger place. We have a really good deal right now, our rent is very low for what we have, so we don't want to move unless we definitely can. The thing that is sort of convenient is that our lease actually expires at the end of July... so we aren't planning on moving right away, but maybe the next July right after the baby turns 1, which could potentially work out well since DH will be getting the second half of his army bonus ($10000) a year from January, so we could maybe actually buy a house.</p>
 

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<p>That's really good timing! Hopefully you guys find a nice house! DH and I bought ours right at the peak of "The Bubble" and now are stuck (upside down) in a small house with a growing family. :( I'm tempted to persuade you to just rent until you die. But I think I may just be bitter :)</p>
 
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