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#1 laurab85

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 02:16 PM

how long can a renter have a visitor stay with them in the rental unit, without them being considered a tenant?

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 03:31 AM

There won't likely be a statute on this (never mind you didn't bother mentioning your state).  I gather the lease doesn't have any restrictions in terms of the landlord saying that someone staying beyond X must be put on the lease.  (If it does, you agreed to them.)

If the lease doesn't have you agreeing that you will be the only resident, you're free to argue that the landlord has no control over whether someone else moves in/stays.  Assume this is the context you meant, given the post's title.


I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics.  If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable.  Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.  :)


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:16 AM

my land lord said I can't have any one stay with me for more then 3 days without chargeing me $50.00 for the month and I am not aloud to have non relations to me stay #### all ,for any amount of time what can I do about this and is it right.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:29 AM

Denise, you've posted as an "answer" to an old/stale thread vs. "post[ing] a new question".  Best not to do that.

If you read my response to the other poster, you'll know that unless you agreed to this in your lease, you're free to tell the landlord to pound sand.  If necessary, you file a petition in the landlord-tenant court against the landlord to address this.  Note that if you're on a month-to-month lease, in most jurisdictions the landlord can terminate the tenancy with no more than a month's advance warning for no reason at all.  (You'd be able to fight that and perhaps delay the termination for a while if you felt it was in retaliation for asserting your rights under state law, but who knows how far you want to press this.  Feel free to seek local real estate counsel.)


I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics.  If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable.  Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.  :)





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