My 24 yr old daughter recently moved in with us temporarily as her two roommates moved out of their shared apartment. My landlord says she has to pay rent now, and says she can’t come and go as she pleases. We don’t have a lease. Can the landlord do this?
Unless you have a lease that prohibits additional residents from moving in, no, he cannot either "charge her rent" or prohibit her from going in and out. You have a right to have guests for as long as you want, unless a lease says otherwise, and the landlord can't restrict access to the unit for guests. However, if you don't have a lease, the landlord CAN terminate your tenancy on 30 days notice, or request to raise your rent with the same notice. If you don't agree he can evict you.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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