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Applicant not tenant

I have a young mother of 3 that is totally supported by her mother (so she can be a stay at home mom).  However, her mother will not live with them...just pay all her rent/utilities.  In Texas, all occupants over 18 must complete an application and be on the lease.  I'm not sure if there are any issues with writing a lease with the responsible party not occupying the house.  Anyone have thoughts/experience with this type of situation? Thanks! Mary
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This is called a co-signer. You will want to daw up a lease for the tenant that is living there as well as listed occupants. The children. Then you would list the financially responsible mother to be the co-signer. You will have them also sign the lease as well as a co-signer agreement so that they know what there responsibilities are.
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