Guests of Residents, how long is too long

By Nancy Kaller on Jul 02, 2021 at 04:38 PM in Articles
Guests of Residents, how long is too long

Usually, a landlord knows, and is accepting, that the resident of their home, will have invited guests, from time to time, but exactly how long can your guest stay over without causing any issues for you, the resident? 

To know for sure, read your rental agreement and look for the clause that talks about occupancy and use. This should give you the information you need as it should clearly state the number of consecutive days that a guest is allowed on the premises without you breaching your agreement. 

You are hosting a birthday party, you might invite a guest that invites a guest, that they invite a guest. As the resident of the home, you are responsible for the conduct & actions of all of those guests, while such guests and invitees are present at or in the home.  Here are a few things to consider:

  • The guest brings a pet that causes damage to the home and/or property or perhaps a pet breaches your rental agreement.

  • Know the “house rules” that perhaps you received in your rental agreement, and ensure that all guests & invitees follow them.
  • Avoid a possible noise complaint, which could breach the rental agreement and upset the neighbors.

  • If you and/or your guests and invitees violate your lease’s terms or even break the law, then it could be grounds for eviction and/or legal action.

Your landlord has the right to reasonably limit guests on their property, make sure that you, as the resident and your guests are always compliant. Usually, the landlord won’t pay any mind to the resident having guests over, unless of course it affects the property and safety of the neighborhood. 

Remember to inquire with the landlord should you want to add someone to the lease, a head of time, it could mean additional money for the landlord should you wish to add an additional resident.

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This article is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice. Laws and statutes are always subject to change and may vary by county or city. You are responsible for performing your research and complying with all laws applicable to your unique situation.

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