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1) Include clauses in the statement to include/exclude number of people or names of people living in the home
2) Obtain a copy of a current driver's license of all members of the household
3) Be human and compassionate-if there is someone in need, be reasonable, but don't allow a tenant to walk all over you. Put time limitations and a communications clause in the contract!
This happened to a former co-worker of mine who owns a quad-plex. One of her tenants had brought someone else into the apartment for whatever reason, and then there became more of a domestice issue where she was called in as a the landlord. She has since revised all of her renter's contracts to include a policy mandating the names of all occupants PLUS a statement on short-term residents within the unit, not to exceed a 6-week time frame, for EMERGENCY purposes only. She requires an addendum to the contract to include the new occupant-with identification. The addendum requires her tenant to request permission within a 24 hour time frame. For example, if someone is visiting for several weeks- well that's advance notification and NOT an emergency. However, the landlord is simply wanting to know "who is this extra person? Where did this extra car come from?"
Communication and common courtesy goes a long way.
Jenni - posted on 10/16/2011
Kitty, I would suggest... if this is a friend/family member of yours? That they call up the Landlord/Tenant board (or whatever it's call in your region) on how to proceed.
I know, in my province, that even if there was a lease stating they weren't allowed to have anyone move in. It still wouldn't be grounds for eviction. Because at least in my province, it is against the tenant's rights to tell them if they can or cannot have another person move in.
So the landlord you know needs to look up the rights of the tenant and the rights of the landlord according to their Landlord/Tenant Board. They can either call or they usually have a website that may answer FAQ on the rights of the tenant and the landlord.
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Sherri - posted on 10/16/2011
I used to do this all the time in my honest opinion it isn't the landlords business as long as they get there rent and there is no damage to the property.
I have let various friends and brother in laws stay with us over the years. Never once in any property I have ever lived in did I inform the landlord.
I also should mention though never had a lease either. We have been and are tenants at will.
I would ask what is in the lease contract? Are they allowed to move people in without your knowledge or is that in violation of the agreement? You have to go by the 4 corners of the contract (as Judge Judy would say). If there's no contract, I guess you'd have to consult an attorney.
Brittany - posted on 10/15/2011
When I have rented a home, I expect to be told what is or is not allowed. I do not want to rent a home, bring my ferrets and then be told sorry no pets. In which case if I was told that in the start then I would not have rented in the first place.
If I had some sort of family emergency and my sister needed a place to stay for a while I would contact my landlord and explain the situation. I have had this happen before and my landlord was understanding and did not complain about it. Her exact words were "Well, I hope everything works out for your sister."
My daddy comes down and when he does visit he stays for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Once again I just inform my landlord that my Daddy is coming to visit the grand babies. I have never had any issues with the landlord saying no to that, either.
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