Limits on Tenant Guests and Other Restrictions

How restrictive guest policies and nosy landlord practices can be an invasion of your privacy


In their efforts to prevent guests from becoming full-time residents without signing a lease or rental agreement, your lease or rental agreement may limit overnight guests. Some landlords may go to extremes in keeping tabs on your visitors and guests, or invade your privacy in other ways, Here are some of the main things to look out for.

Limits on Your Guests

Some landlords limit guests’ visits—for example, no more than ten days in any six-month period, with written approval required for longer stays—to avoid having a guest turn into an unauthorized new tenant. A few overly concerned landlords go overboard by keeping tabs on legitimate guests who stay overnight or for a few days.â

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