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Can my landlord stop me from having guests?

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Can my landlord stop me from having guests?
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Can my landlord stop me from having guests?
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August 31, 2015
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No. You have the right to decide who you want to invite into your home, just as homeowners do. If your landlord tries to control who can visit you, this could be considered harassment.

But when you invite or allow people into the building, you could be responsible for things they do.

For example, if they cause damage, the landlord can ask you to pay for it or try to evict you. The landlord could also try to evict you if your guests disturb other tenants or the landlord, or make things unsafe for them.

Rent increases and extra fees

In most cases your landlord cannot charge you extra fees or raise your rent because you have someone staying with you.

But if you live in subsidized housing where your rent is based on your income, the rules can be very different.

Things can also be more complicated if you have a roommate or someone paying rent to you.

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