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Landlord's Right to Ban a Guest

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The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from engaging in any discriminatory practices towards their tenants. This law, however, does not address whether a landlord can prohibit guests for any reason.

Can a Landlord Ban Your Guest?

Your landlord may ban guests from coming to your premises depending on the terms of your lease. If your lease outlines terms for guests, then the landlord has a right to ensure you are compliant with those terms.

Even if the lease doesn't have any provisions regarding guests, the landlord may still be able to ban guests from entering the premises if the guest is staying for an extended time or it is against state occupancy laws.

What Are Your Options?

The law gives tenants the right to quiet enjoyment and privacy. The right to quiet enjoyment means tenants have the right to consider the property they are leasing as their home. They have a right to invite people and engage in activities that don't violate any other laws.

Tenants also have the right to privacy, meaning the landlord doesn't have the right to intrude or show up to your home unless there is an emergency.

If your landlord bans a guest or otherwise intrudes on your privacy, you have the option to dispute your landlord's actions. You should, however, be aware that you are responsible for any damage your guests cause to the premise.

States Have Different Laws

All states have their own landlord-tenant laws. It therefore very important you keep up to date on your state's laws before you invite guests into the property you are renting.

In Virginia, for instance, a landlord can keep your guest out, for cause, by providing a written notice to the guest stating the reason why they are not allowed to come onto the property. On the other hand, Kansas gives tenants the right to have guests in their homes for a reasonable period unless agreed to the contrary by the lease agreement.

Additional Resources

An Attorney May Help If Your Landlord Banned Your Guest

Is a landlord unreasonably banning your guests from coming onto your property? Be aware of the legal measures you can take. Talk to a landlord-tenant attorney if you need help taking legal action or if you want more information on what your rights are as a tenant.

Next Steps

Contact a qualified real estate attorney to help you navigate any landlord-tenant issues.

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