Can a landlord tell you what guests that you can have over?

Asked on March 31, 2017 under Real Estate Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, a landlord cannot tell a tenant what guests that they may or may not have over to visit (at least unless otherwise specified in the lease). Having a leasehold interest gives a renter the right to the use and enjoyment of the premises. Therefore, they are permitted to have whoever they want to visit. The landlord has no valid basis for excluding a person if they have not done anything unlawful on the premises. However, if you have a month-to-month lease while the above still holds true, you need to be careful. The fact is that if your landlord can give you notice to vacate at the end of any given month. 

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