Our rental agreement specifies that the Owner must approve of any tenant's frequently visiting guest or any person to establish residence in the premise through tenant screening. An existing tenant wanted to have the partner move into the premise after the Owner noticed that the partner has key to the premise. However, upon reviewing the partner's provided information, the Owner found that the partner has a criminal background and over a dozen collections on the credit report. The owner, hence, did not approve for the partner to move in. However, the tenant is now stating that the partner will continue to frequently appear on premise, but as long as the partner does not stay over 24 hours, then she is compliant. So what rights does the Owner have with regards to the people that appear at the rental premise?
Look to what the lease says about about it. Otherwise, it’s going to be based on the totality of the circumstances. The “24 hour” thing is just made up, it’s not a standard.
I’ve lived in my home for over four years and have probably never gone 24 hours straight without having left for some amount of times.
The fact that the partner has keys certainly goes to occupancy. Look also for signs hah partner is keeping hygiene products and clothes there.
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