On a rental application, myself and one friend applied as tenants. We also listed my girlfriend as an occupant. The application was accepted and we signed a pretty standard lease (the exact sample lease that can be downloaded from the local county website).
Fast forward one month and we've had a dispute with the landlord (unrelated dispute over our rights to the basement). Following the dispute, my landlord is requesting my girlfriend's SSN, license info, paystubs, rental history etc. I reviewed the lease and realized they wrote my girlfriend in as a tenant, not occupant.. She was very clearly an occupant on the rental application.
Since we signed my girlfriend as a tenant, we decided to provide this info; however, the landlord sent us a new rental application and is demanding my girlfriend fill it out and sign it.
Were we required to provide our landlord with my girlfriend's personal information even though we already signed a lease? If so, can I request that my landlord send us a different form where my girlfriend's signature only signifies the information is correct to the best of her knowledge and doesn't give authorization for the full blown credit check and rental references? We specifically listed my girlfriend as an occupant on the original application to avoid the credit check. We'd prefer to avoid the hard inquiry on her history.
This question boils down to whether a landlord can request additional personal information and run credit checks on tenants after a lease has been signed. We're in Maryland if that helps.