If I am renting to own a house from an individual are they allowed to tell me who can and can’t come visit?

Asked on August 28, 2011 Mississippi


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You need to carefully read the terms of the written lease (assuming you have one) with the landlord in that it controls the obligations owed you and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. Many leases have provisions limiting the time period that guests can stay at a rented unit and if the restriction is reasonable as to time, the restriction is valid.

However, under the laws of all states in this country, when a property is rented out by the landlord, he or she gives up entitlement to his or her possession of the property in that possession is transferred to the tenant during the period of the lease provided the tenant honor's the lease's terms.

The landlord in your circumstances can tell you who can come and cannot come to visit in the home you are renting to own. However, your landlord cannot do anything to prevent you from having visitors who behave themselves on the rented proeprty.

Good luck.


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