Can You Limit Tenant’s Guest Stays?

By on July 10, 2015

For many landlords, the topic of a tenant’s visitors can be incredibly confusing and difficult. It is oftentimes tricky to determine what regulations a tenant must abide by when having visitors, and quite a few property owners have little to no knowledge regarding this topic. With that being said, it is an important concept, and one that all landlords should have an extensive knowledge about. Because of this, we are going to be discussing whether or not landlords can legally limit how long a tenant’s guests stay in his or her property.

To put it simply, the answer to this question depends on two major things: the property lease and the laws of the local jurisdiction. For instance, if the landlord states in the lease that visitors are only allowed to stay for a certain number of nights in a designated time period, such as a month, the tenant must then abide by this rule. As soon as the tenant signs the lease, they are legally agreeing to follow this stipulation, and accepting that they may run the risk of potential eviction if they do not.

However, there may be a local law that provides another answer to this question as well. If in your specific state a tenant can only have a guest for a certain number of days, this is the rule that the tenant must follow, whether he or she likes it or not. Because this is a piece of property legislation, it is automatically in effect even if the lease does not address this topic.

While many landlords do not mind their tenants having guests as long as the rent is paid every month, some property owners are not as lenient. If you fall in the latter category, it is strongly suggested that you sit down and have a discussion with your tenant regarding this topic. Coming to a mutual agreement will help to make things much easier in the long run, and will also potentially save you from being at odds with your renter.

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